The Durban High Court today granted an urgent interim interdict in favour of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) that bans students from illegally protesting on its Durban campuses and paves the way for the institution to resume lectures.
DUT’s Steve Biko campus was shut down after February 5 when 20-year-old student Mlungisi Madonsela, a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), was fatally injured. It is alleged he and about 30 students armed with rocks and bricks were involved in a violent altercation with security guards, during which Madonsela was shot by an armed guard.
Madonsela later died in hospital. A campus employee had her nose broken after being hit with a brick and had to be hospitalised.
The incident was preceded by protests regarding student funding and accommodation. Madonsela’s death dominated national headlines and led to further protests.
In one instance, according to an affidavit that formed part of the interdict application, students “wearing EFF T-shirts” had disrupted classes and “threatened to kill students if they did not move out of classes” to join a pre-protest meeting.