| DUT closes all Durban campuses as ‘pretend information’ on walk-in registrations results in protest

  • DUT has closed all 5 of its Durban 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 referred to as in, and folks have been dispersed following the protest on Steve Biko Street.

The Durban College of Expertise (DUT) has shut all its Durban 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. Nonetheless, 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 pretend 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 big variety of folks continued to occupy the sports activities centre and refused the request to depart 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 regulation enforcement needed to be referred to as in.

“The college has referred to as on the entire related regulation enforcement companies to help in calming this doubtlessly harmful state of affairs. It has change into clear that the state of affairs is hard to comprise, and it’s being exacerbated with growing numbers of individuals attempting to drive their means onto many different components of the Durban campuses. This additionally poses an even bigger menace for Covid-19 infections.

“In consequence, all 5 Durban campuses of the college might be closed till additional discover.”

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala mentioned a gaggle 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 courtroom quickly.”

Khan mentioned that each one on-line college features and actions would proceed.

“Which means that on-line registration for first-time coming into college students with agency affords will proceed as beforehand introduced.”