Regards Dr Albert van Jaarsveld Vice-Chancellor and Principal University of KwaZulu-Natal
UKZN Suspends Lectures in It’s Pietermaritzburg Campus due to Protests
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)‘s Pietermaritzburg campus experienced protest action late last night and early this morning. The campus was not fully accessible to University staff and students and classes were disrupted. University Management deliberated on the situation this morning and took a decision to suspend all academic activities on the Pietermaritzburg Campus today, 15 August 2016 and tomorrow, 16 August 2016. The University regrets the inconvenience caused and apologizes to all students whose commitments have been interrupted by the unfortunate events. SAPS, University Risk Management Services and the Public Order Policing would continue to monitor the situation on the campus. The University Council has not deliberated on issues relating to fee increments as it awaits a directive from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). DHET on the other hand constituted a Multi-Stakeholder Forum to discuss the issue. In a nutshell, no decision on fee increments have been made. We will endeavour to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students at all times. We urge all students to adhere to the University rules, regulations and applicable protocols in dealing with grievances, complaints and matters of concern. Students who engage in illegal activities or act outside of the set processes and procedures for raising grievances will not be tolerated. The University will make every effort to address all matters of concern and to ensure an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.