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

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the Durban University of Technology for the student who died during student protests.

Mlungisi Madonsela was allegedly shot by a private security official after he was caught up in the crossfire between authorities and protesting students last week. Students were demonstrating over registration and issues relating to the non-payment of NSFAS

Madonsela was doing his third-year at the university when he was killed. 

On Monday, the Parliament’s portfolio committee on Higher Education and Learning visited the campus. Hundreds of students from the DUT are expected to say their goodbyes to their classmate and friend Madonsela, including his colleagues in the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command. 

Although classes remain suspended, on Monday, DUT opened for registration and other administrative functions. The institution and the Student Representative Council have continued meeting to discuss how to resolve the various issues outlined in a memorandum of grievances, which includes improving specific residences and allowing academically inclined students to have their historical debt scrapped. 

Meanwhile, the Mangosuthu University of Technology has also re-opened, while the University of KwaZulu-Natal is still closed until further notice.