- The EFF's Student Representative Council at the Mangosuthu University of Technology stated that they would continue protesting until demands are met
- The students are protesting for the university to clear eligible students for registration and issue grant funding
- MUT stated that classes would resume on Monday but the SRC president stressed that this will be impossible as they are planning disruptions
The Economic Freedom Fighters' command-run Student Representative Council at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) promises to continue protests in an attempt to push the institution into clearing all eligible students for registration.
The protest further seeks the issuing of grant funding and academic certificates to postgraduate students without consideration of historical debt.
MUT stated that it is unable to agree to demands that would result in the increase of historical debt of students claiming that this would be a catastrophic financial blow to the institution that it may not recover from.
The institution announced that classes would commence on Monday but SRC president Mthokozisi Gumede said that this was unrealistic as just under 20% of eligible students had registered so far.
According to reports made by EWN, the protest in support of students and by students is happening at the same time as an ongoing strike by staff members, who are insisting on an 8% salary increase as a counter to the university’s offer of 3.3%.
According to reports made by eNCA, rocks were thrown at the police officers by protestors. Officials attempted to defuse the situation by means of deploying a water cannon.
Previously, Briefly News reported that the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has requested caution from students relating to a series of hoax messages and fake social media posts resulting in mass overcrowding at the institution with no regard to Covid-19 regulations.
The University's Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses on Tuesday were overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of students, many of who showed little support for Covid-19 regulations. The students were attempting to secure admission and register for the current academic year.
The university claimed that it had opened its doors primarily to first-year students who were unable to register online due to issues of funding and connectivity.
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