Mangosuthu University protest demands revealed: Here’s what they want [video]
Tensions have exploded into a full-blown confrontation between public order police and students outside the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) campus, in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), on Thursday.
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From what we understand, students gathered outside the campus’ main entrance and burned tyres and rubble, creating a barrier for staff and non-protesting pupils.
Mangosuthu University of Technology protesting students have chanced out #eNCA and locked the gate, stating that they do not want them to cover their protest. #MUT #DUT #BladeNzimande pic.twitter.com/a54bpc7KCb— Sakhiseni Nxumalo (@SakhiNxumalo) April 8, 2021
While the leadership of the protest has yet to be formally announced, it’s believed these protests are an offspring of the EFF’s ‘sizofunda ngenkani’ campaign.
Much like the demands students from Wits made to the tertiary, Mangosuthu University protesters want these key assurances from campus management:
- the removal of historical debt for owing students who wish to register for this year’s curriculum;
- free registration with no future obligation to repay;
- free access to computers and laptops for all students;
- free data for students to access materials outside of campus; and
- increased student funding from the government
Motorists urged to find alternative routes
At this time, the university has not confirmed if classes are resuming amid the unrest outside its main entrance. Campus spokesperson Bheki Hlophe told Times Live that a statement will be released soon on MUT’s directive.
A lot of scrutiny has been placed on law enforcement officials overseeing the protests. Metro police spokesperson Superintendent Zama Dlamini confirmed that at this juncture, no order has been made to initiate a forceful response to the picketing.
She did, however, warn motorists to avoid the area surrounding the campus in Umlazi.
“Our metro police as well as SAPS are at MUT. The students are protesting and both lanes coming in and going out on Mangosuthu Road were closed due to dirt being burnt on the roadway.” she said.