Warning that continued disruptions might lead to closure of MUT

Warning that continued disruptions might lead to closure of MUT

The acting vice-chancellor of Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) has slammed the disruptions to academic activities at the institution. 

Professor Marcus Ramogale MUT
Steve Bhengu

"We have already said to students, should there be any further disruptions, we may have to consider closing the university and send them home. Then we teach online," says Professor Marcus Ramogale.

Since the start of the academic year, the Durban institution has been the scene of violent protests by students and staff. 

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Ramogale has told reporters that as things stand, they’ve lost out on significant learning time.

He hopes that since the grievances around NSFAS, registrations, resources and salary increases have been addressed, there will be no further disruptions. 

He's been responding to reports MUT is seeking an interdict after a group of students tried to lock their gates some two weeks ago over allowances.

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Ramogale says they won't hesitate to approach the high court if needs be.

"We are the only university in the country that allows students to come to campus, because we have to take into account their circumstances that they come from backgrounds where the network is not good, some of them don't have gadgets at home."

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