The Durban University of Technology has announced that the institution will be reopening on Monday.
According to a statement released by the university, following the tragic events that led to the death of one of the students and the continued closure of the university, management met with the Student Representative Council (SRC) to commence with discussions that have now resulted in the decision to reopen.
“Points that were discussed with our SRC included the memorial service for the late Mr Mlungisi Madonsela and some of the issues that were raised in their memorandum of demands which lead to the temporary closure on Monday,” read the statement.
“As a result of the extensive discussions and co-operation from both parties, an agreement was reached to reopen the University on Monday, 11 February 2019. This will allow the various administrative functions to resume, including, on campus registrations and NSFAS and housing queries. All students with outstanding registration queries are requested visit the on-campus registration venues to complete their registration for 2019,” it continued.i
Classes remain suspended, however all staff members are expected to report for duty on Monday morning. Discussions with all stakeholders will continue, in respect of the resumption of the academic programme and the healing process.
According to the statement, Madonsela’s memorial service was being organised for Tuesday.
“The meeting agreed to organise the memorial service for Mr Madonsela on Tuesday 12 February 2019 at 13H00. The venue will be communicated on Monday,” read the statement.
The Jozini born Madonsela was allegedly shot by a security guard when a scuffle ensued between students security gaurds on Tuesday.
Madonsela was rushed to the hospital where he was later announced dead. His deaf has sent shock waves through KZN with protests taking place during the course of the week to mourn the student.