MUT statement on University closure on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 

Submitted by the Department of Marketing and Communications, 6 April  2021

Please cite Ms Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director: Marketing and Communications 

MUT statement on University closure on Tuesday, 6 April 2021 

The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) management can confirm that they decided to close the University this morning (Tuesday, 06 April 2021) because of the following reasons:

  1. One of the recognised labour unions at MUT, NEHAWU has embarked on a strike with effect from 01 April 2021 due to issues related to annual salary increases for staff.
  2. As part of the Picketing Agreement, which was signed between MUT management and the labour union, staff who wished to participate in the strike and who wished to picket, can only do so in the mutually agreed picketing designated areas.
  3. Today, we have found a situation where those who were picketing did not remain in the designated picketing areas and have moved to areas which would obstruct the main entrance of the University.
  4.       In addition, some of the picketers have set alight tyres in front of the main entrance of the University.

Due to the above-mentioned situation, MUT had to request assistance from the local South African Police Services to clear the main entrance to the university. In order to avoid any injuries to staff and students, as well as damage to University property, we have decided to close the University.

MUT management has arranged a meeting with both recognised labour unions as well as the executive members of the Student Representative Council for tomorrow (Wednesday, 07 April 2021) to discuss the issues and to return to our normal operations.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
Publications and Media Relations officer: Marketing & Communications
Mangosuthu University of Technology
T: +27 31 907 7195  M: +27 61 283 2257
E: Hlophe@mut.ac.za