False message fuels fire as violent protests rock DUT

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By Jehran naidoo 7h ago

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DURBAN – A violent clash between police and prospective students at Durban University of Technology (DUT) erupted on Wednesday morning.

Images online show a DUT campus room ransacked by students.

An undisclosed number of protesters were arrested by police, who used anti-protest tactics to disperse the agitated crowd.

DUT said on Wednesday that all five campuses would be closed until further notice.

The protest came after a number of students, not all of whom had successfully registered online for the 2021 academic year, walked to Steve Biko’s campus on Tuesday.

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They were responding to an ad that was reportedly posted on the university’s website, saying the campus would help those struggling with online registrations.

DUT said the influx of students who gathered on campus this week arrived because of the bogus social media post.

This, after images surfaced showing thousands of students crammed into a room on the Steve Biko campus on Tuesday.

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Reports say the students were there to register for the 2021 academic year.

Thousands of walk-in students crowd a room at Durban University of Technology, looking for space in the facility. Photo: Dr Ngcobo / African News Agency (ANA)

“It appears that there have been a number of unauthorized social media posts inviting all applicants to come to campuses today, April 6, 2021. Many potential applicants have arrived at our doors expecting to be registered. These people have not been invited by the university to register, nor given any indication that they should arrive at the university, ”the DUT said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Unauthorized social media and fake SMS invitations have resulted in a massive influx of people onto campuses today.”

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After taking into account the health and safety rules of Covid-19, DUT said he had suspended all campus support for online registration and was unsure if he would return.

DUT student representative council chairman Zabelo Ntuli said the campus had not properly planned the academic year, adding that registrations were not full and there was not enough accommodation .

Ntuli confirmed that the many students who arrived on campus on Tuesday were responding to a social media post urging students facing online registration issues to meet on campus for help.

African News Agency

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