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UKZN students protest online registration policy

DURBAN – The University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus entrance was up in flames this morning as students burnt tyres protesting the university’s online registration policy.

Speaking on behalf of the UKZN Student Representative Council (SRC) Wandile Majozi said, “The university is maintaining its position that we are not allowed on campus and that we have to pay registration fees, which increased last year. It is also refusing to engage leaders about the outstanding debt payment of 15% they are demanding for registration in the case of returning students, which is tantamount to financial exclusion.”

EFF student command secretary-general, Nduduzo Masango, urged the university not to alienate poor students.

“We were registering our dissatisfaction with the university, which continues to isolate poor students with online registration. It is black students who are being left behind in this process because of their financial background. We urge the university to allow all students back on campus for registration, ensuring that all Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as it did last year,” Masango said.

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