MUT calls for justice to be served as four appear in court for destructions at the university

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27 June 2022

MUT calls for justice to be served as four appear in court for destructions at the university

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is calling for justice to be served as four students from sister universities in the province appear in court for allegedly destructing MUT property on Thursday, 23 June 2022.

“While we are saddened by the damage to property that the University incurred because of Thursday morning’s protest, we are also deeply troubled by the lack of care for the rule by the perpetrators of Thursday’s destruction,” said Professor Marcus Ramogale. Acting Vice-Chancellor at MUT. “No amount of political or social motive can justify the destruction to University property and endangering lives. We are confident that justice will be served to also send out a message that there is no place for acts of criminality in protest.”

The four are part of what the University has alleged to be a group of ‘hired hands’, who were acting as part of a bigger plan to capture and control Student Representative Councils in TVET colleges and universities in the province. Two of these students are from the University of Zululand, another one from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and one from the University of South Africa.

The destruction has also forced the university to halt its operation and move the planned examinations which were already in progress.

“The actions of about 30 students have robbed many of our students of the opportunity to continue with their studies and to write their examinations. This infringement on the rights of others is in direct contrast with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,” said Professor Ramogale.

The total damage caused by Thursday morning’s destructions at the University is estimated to be above R2 million, excluding the cost moving examinations and re-adjusting the academic year.

Meanwhile, classes and first semester main examinations resumed this morning and will end on Monday, 4 July 2022.