The Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO) in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, and Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to urgently intervene amid the ongoing violent protests at the University of Zululand‘s KwaDlangezwa Campus.
The University has issued a notice of closure for KwaDlangezwa campus due to the violent protests.
UNIZULU KWADLANGEZWA CAMPUS CLOSED
The protest is reportedly due to the safety concerns at the off-campus residences which follows last week’s incident where students were robbed at one of the residences. Laptops were stolen as well as cell phones and clothes.
It has also been reported that female students were sexually assaulted during this incident. Concerns over off-campus safety have been an ongoing issue for years now without any remedial solutions from the university management.
In a statement University management said following the disruption at KwaDlangezwa campus, teaching and learning will continue online until further notice.
DASO has condemned the destruction of property and the disruption of classes.
According to DASO, since 2019, there have been similar protests regarding the safety of students who live in off-campus residences.
Following that strike, the university management promised to address the issue of safety, but to date, nothing has been implemented, causing grave frustration amongst students.
“Even more concerning is the fact that there is no police station nearby or police visibility even though this area is a hotspot for robberies. It is in this regard that we call on Ministers Blade Nzimande and Bheki Cele to urgently intervene as the university management has failed us.
“We will continue fighting for the safety of students and ensuring that they can continue with their studies in a conducive environment.”
Democratic Alliance Students Organisation