DUT student killed by security guards as university protests intensify

DUT student killed by security guards as university protests intensify

- The shooting comes after protests at several universities

- Students have voiced financial grievances, including calls to allow students with debt to register and to provide homeless students with accommodation

- The strikes have intensified, with the Wits protesters threatening a total shutdown

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There are reports that a Durban University of Technology student was shot and killed by security yesterday. 

This comes in the wake of unrest at several South African universities. The DUT protests are over financial aid, transport and accommodation. 

Similarly, Wits students are currently engaged in a hunger strike and are threatening a shut down if their financial concerns are not addressed.

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They were demanding that students with debts of R100 000 or less be allowed to register, as well as for homeless students to receive free accommodation.

There have also been protests at UKZN, likewise over financial concerns, as well as strikes at UNISA premises earlier in the year. 

The students have been protesting over their financial grievances, resulting in several altercations involving students and security personnel. The DUT shooting is the most extreme case thus far reported.

According to News24, the UKZN SRC has said that protests will continue until the university joined students at the negotiating table.

Likewise, protests have escalated at Wits, with students and security clashing at the Braamfontein campus.

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A spokesperson for Wits University, however, has said that the institution cannot provide the students' demands, saying that it would result in the university's collapse, Briefly.co.za has learned. 

The university added that it already had a fund of R12 million set up to help students in need of financial assistance, as well as a food bank to help those who were struggling to feed themselves.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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