DUT closes all campuses as ‘pretend information’ on walk-in registrations results in protest
DUT college students protest over gradual on-line registration.
- DUT has closed all 5 of its campuses following alleged pretend information that claimed there was walk-in registration of scholars.
- The college mentioned college students flooded its sports activities centre on Tuesday, and a few continued to occupy the world by Wednesday.
- Police have been known as in, and folks have been dispersed following the protest on Steve Biko Street.
The Durban College of Know-how (DUT) has shut all its campuses after alleged pretend information, saying the establishment was permitting walk-in registrations, led to protest motion.
“Following the chance to well being, security, and safety, the college suspended the on-campus assist for on-line registration [on Tuesday] indefinitely. Nevertheless, regular on-line registration will proceed within the method it has been all alongside, however with out on-campus assist,” DUT spokesperson Alan Khan mentioned.
“Merely, the inflow of uninvited folks on campus continues to violate the Covid-19 protocols.”
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He mentioned the closure got here after numerous folks flocked to the campus on Tuesday following the spreading of faux information.
“Yesterday [Tuesday] numerous folks invaded the sports activities centre on the Steve Biko Campus in Durban. This was after they’d reacted to pretend social media posts inviting walk-ins to register at DUT. The college didn’t invite walk-ins to register on campus.”
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Khan mentioned that many remained on the sports activities centre in a single day.
“A major variety of folks continued to occupy the sports activities centre and refused the request to go away campus. Over the course of this morning [Wednesday], the state of affairs escalated, with protesters milling round exterior the Steve Biko campus, hurling stones at buildings, damaging college property, barricading public roads, together with a number of makes an attempt to invade extra buildings on campus.”
He mentioned legislation enforcement needed to be known as in.
“The college has known as on the entire related legislation enforcement companies to help in calming this probably harmful state of affairs. It has grow to be clear that the state of affairs is hard to include, and it’s being exacerbated with rising numbers of individuals attempting to drive their method onto many different elements of the Durban campuses. This additionally poses a much bigger menace for Covid-19 infections.
“In consequence, all 5 Durban campuses of the college will probably be closed till additional discover.”
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala mentioned a bunch of 500 college students launched into the protest, demanding to be registered.
“They managed to achieve entry by breaking the gate, broken computer systems, and set alight the college automobile [by starting a fire at the vehicle’s tyres]. The hearth was stopped by safety guards,” Gwala mentioned.
“Public Order Police had use stun grenades to disperse the violent protesters. A complete of 12 college students have been arrested for public violence, unlawful gathering, in addition to malicious harm to property, and can seem in court docket quickly.”
Khan mentioned that every one on-line college features and actions would proceed.
“Because of this on-line registration for first-time coming into college students with agency presents will proceed as beforehand introduced.”