DUT Closes After Student Was Shot Dead

The Durban University of Technology. Picture: www.dut.ac.za

No classes will take place at the Durban University of Technology after a student was shot dead at the Steve Biko Campus on Tuesday. The institutions will remain closed indefinitely.

Police say they are investigating how the student died after an altercation with private security guards.

While the name of the student was not officially released, the EFF Student Command (EFFSC), who claimed he was a member named him as 20-year-old Mlungisi Madonsela.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the student was part of a group of protesters. She said the group allegedly threw stones at university staff, seriously injuring one person.

In a statement on Tuesday, the university said: “The Durban University of Technology is saddened by the events of this afternoon where a student has passed on and a member of staff was left severely injured. The University sends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of the student. We also wish our colleague a speedy recovery. As a result of this tragic incident and many other violent altercations, the University Management has decided to close the University until further notice. Due to thisĀ unfortunate situation, all staff and studentsĀ must not come to campus until further notice”.