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Statement from Professor Ahmed Bawa

Statement from Professor Ahmed Bawa

VICE-CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL OF THE DURBAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY.

The full-time academic programme at our Durban campuses will be suspended tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 February 2014). This follows the violent student protests this week. Previously, I have gone on record by admitting that the safety and security of our students and staff is essential – and now that the SRC has broken its agreement with the University, DUT has to take special measures to protect its community and property.

Earlier today, the University was granted a High Court interdict against the SRC and any other students involved in the protest action. The court order offers protection to the University from further protests, violence, intimidation and disruptions. The court interdict covers all campuses.

However, in order to stabilise things in Durban, the full-time academic programme will be suspended for tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 February 2014) only.

The academic programme in the Midlands Centre at the Riverside Campus and Indumiso Campus will continue as normal.

The full-time programme at the affected Durban campuses will return to their normal schedules on Thursday this week.

DUT had reached an agreement with the SRC 13 days ago and unfortunately, the SRC has since abandoned that commitment to not have violent protests, intimidation and disruptions on campus.

The new High Court Order will be immediately enforced and the South African Police Services will ensure that the interdict is not violated by the student protestors. We have posted a copy of the court interdict on HERE

Students are urged to check their DUT4life email. Staff are also urged to check the staff portal for updates.

Sincerely,

Professor Ahmed C. Bawa
Vice-Chancellor & Principal

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