Following violent clashes between police and students at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) in Umlazi, south-west of Durban, on Thursday morning, one person has been arrested

Students used burning tyres and debris to block off MUT’s main entrance. Today’s clashes form part of ongoing protests by students across the country, calling for the scrapping of historical debt.

Metro Police and SAPS Public Order Police were dispatched to the scene and students were dispersed.

KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said one person has been arrested and faces a charge of public violence.

Meanwhile, the Durban University has shut all five of its Durban campuses following clashes yesterday. IOL previously reported that hordes of students made their way to DUT’s Steve Biko campus after a hoax message was circulated on social media, calling for walk-ins.

Chairperson of the National Assembly’s portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology, Philly Mapulane, has called for constructive engagement between the university management, university council and students, through their representative council, to ensure that both parties reach an amicable solution to challenges that face the university.

Mapulane said “The committee appeals to all the leaders at the university to maintain peace at all the university campuses. We are appealing to everyone to avoid the use of force and violence at the university”.