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Protesters harass DUT staff and destroy equipment after they were told walk-ins were not allowed.

DURBAN (AP) – On Thursday, a group of demonstrators broke into the Durban University of Technology (DUT) campus and became violent after being told that walk-ins were no longer permitted.

DUT, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the University of Zululand will all undergo online registration for the 2022 academic year, according to the Mercury.

Alan Khan, a DUT spokesman, said the university had witnessed violent behavior earlier in the day on Thursday.

He said that "a number of demonstrators forced their way onto campus and intimidated and harassed workers at Student Admissions, causing damage to equipment and other property."

According to Khan, the problem is thought to be related to student enrollment for 2022.

"DUT, like many other South African universities, does not accept walk-ins," he added, adding that applications for the 2022 academic year concluded last year.

Successful applicants and returning students are now registering online, according to him.

"On-campus, in-person registration is not available; only online registration is available," Khan said.

DUT has publicly indicated that no walk-ins will be admitted, according to Khan.

However, he said that some groups were spreading false information and encouraging individuals to come to the university's campus gates and register to study.

"Once they arrive, they quickly learn that walk-ins are not permitted and that registration is only done online," he explained.

According to him, DUT continues to advise first-year students, returning students, and members of the general public to register only online.

"If they are having trouble registering online, they should call the Department of Student Admissions at 031 373 5005," Khan advised.

DUT Student Admissions can also be reached by WhatsApp at the following numbers: 083 445 1282, 083 446 0459, 083 454 1495, 083 454 3477, 083 451 6751, or 083 441 3766.

Khan went on to say that the police were called to the area and that the matter is presently being investigated.


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