Protesting MUT students block Durban highway with fridges, burning tyres

Protesting MUT students block Durban highway with fridges, burning tyres

A student protest broke out at Mangosuthi University of Technology (MUT), south of Durban, on Thursday. 

Protesting MUT students block Durban highway with fridges, burning tyres

The city’s busy Mangosuthi highway was blockaded with rocks, burning tyres, books and fridges. 


The campus’ main entrance was also inaccessible.  


It’s understood the protest is part of the call for several institutions across the country to open their doors to cash-strapped students.  


The students are also demanding MUT release academic results to students with outstanding fees. 


Police used rubber bullets and a water canon to try and break up the crowd of some 500 students. 


“The public order police as well as local police are at the scene to monitor and stabilise the situation,” said KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Nqobile Gwala.  


“A 24-year-old suspect was arrested for public violence.” 


Gwala added law enforcement was busy with the mop-up operations.  


“The road is now being cleared.” 


This comes a day after Durban University of Technology (DUT) closed all five of its Durban campuses when tensions reached boiling point on Wednesday.


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