UKZN unrest: SRC leaders call for removal of university execs

There have been demonstrations at several campuses with various demands, including free education.

Student leadership at UKZN want ‘useless’ management gone. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

DURBAN - Students Representative Council (SRC) leaders from the various campuses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) say they believe one of the only ways to resolve the problems faced by the institution is if the executive management is removed, including the current vice-chancellor.

There have been demonstrations at various campuses with calls for the immediate implementation of free education amongst other demands.

Classes at UKZN have been suspended until later this month. This comes as an inquiry into the feasibility of free higher education is underway.

The UKZN SRC's Samkele Khanyile says they have penned their grievances as far back as March this year.

"All previously agreed upon issues are not implemented by management and the crisis that the university finds itself in is a direct result of a dysfunctional executive."

The 23 students arrested on charges of malicious damage to property and contravening a court order have been released on bail.

The UKZN SRC leaders say they are not convinced students are behind the torching of university property and say construction cartels and business are more likely to benefit from the rebuilding of facilities at the campuses.

Multi party negotiations are expected to continue in an attempt to resolve the impasse before classes resume later this month.

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