Heavy security has been deployed to all DUT, UKZN, UNIZULU and MUT campuses after students embarked on protest action early this morning #KZNstudentstrike@TheMercurySA
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DUT and UKZN Howard Campus are also under heavy security despite no violent protests breaking out there as yet.
According to students at all campuses, lectures and all other academic programmes have been suspended until further notice. Police are now evacuating staff and non-protesting students from UKZN Westville campus.
Students at four KwaZulu-Natal universities threatened an indefinite strike from today – day one of the academic year – until their demands are met for free education, safer student residences and increases in their food and book allowances.
Student leaders at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology (DUT), Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and University of Zululand (UniZulu) have confirmed their participation in the protest.
Universities said they were aware of the planned student protest but could only evaluate the situation today.