SRC leaders accuse UKZN management of corruption

There have been demonstrations at UKZN’s campuses which have seen the torching of a law library.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard Campus. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders from the various campuses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) claim there's been widespread corruption by the institute's management and have called for the removal of all executive members on the varsity's council.

The student leaders held a briefing this afternoon to give an update on their protests in favour of a no fee increment for 2017.

There have been demonstrations at the university's campuses, which have seen the torching of a law library and several cars.

The UKZN SRC president, Senzo Ngidi, says their demands are simple.

"Last year [President Jacob Zuma] commissioned the Fees Commission to look at the implementation of free education and what we wanted to hear this year is when will the implementation start."

SRC member Samkele Khanyile says there are outside parties who are likely to benefit from the torching of the university.

"We believe that this is an act of businesses who have lost out on millions of rand through the insourcing of services and we also believe that the construction cartels are also to blame as this will be a spinoff of millions when refurbishing these torched buildings."

The leadership in UKZN says even though the alleged rape of a student was not reported to police, it doesn't mean the claim should not be taken seriously.