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RECENT DESTRUCTIVE STUDENT PROTESTS AT UKZN CAMPUSES: A CALL TO GRADUATES TO TAKE A STAND

September 08, 2016

I am sure that as a graduate of UKZN, or the former institutions, you are saddened and disappointed by the destruction caused to property of your Alma Mater, by the recent wave of student unrest and violent protests. This destruction reached unacceptable levels with the recent burning of the law library on Howard College campus. Read more...

Dear UKZN Graduate (including former UND, UNP and UDW graduates)

RECENT DESTRUCTIVE STUDENT PROTESTS AT UKZN CAMPUSES: A CALL TO GRADUATES TO TAKE A STAND

I am sure that as a graduate of UKZN, or the former institutions, you are saddened and disappointed by the destruction caused to property of your Alma Mater, by the recent wave of student unrest and violent protests. This destruction reached unacceptable levels with the recent burning of the law library on Howard College campus. The damage and destruction of the tools of education and resources must be condemned in the strongest form.

While South Africa is no stranger to student unrest, there has never been a concerted and organised effort by the alumni of institutions to stand together and voice their outrage and opposition to the destruction of institutions from which they have received their education, qualifications and ultimately a means to earn a living. As graduates of UKZN we have a right to make our stance known, and as alumni of this respected institution we indeed have a duty to support our Alma Mater in its attempts to protect property and infrastructure. The reputation of UKZN impacts significantly on the reputation of all its graduates. As people who have gone through the academic halls of this institution, and worked hard and diligently to obtain our education, it is in our interest to ensure that those pieces of paper which represent our entry into the society of academic achievers, do not lose their significance as a result of a few unruly students bringing into disrepute the good name of our university. The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal is OUR institution as well. As former graduates we have passed on this institution of higher learning to the current generation in the hope that they will respect it. Clearly this generation has failed us. Regardless of the merits or demerits of students’ claims or their negotiations with the management of UKZN, or indeed their discontent with the broader education policies of government, the destruction of property is UNACCEPTABLE and UNJUSTIFIABLE. The truth is that the current differences between the protesting students and the university will eventually be resolved. However it is possible that certain resources, such as old and original library texts, may never be able to be replaced. Therein lies the tragedy.

Therefore as conscientious members of the UKZN alumni, I wish to invite you to join me in a letter to the Vice Chancellor of UKZN expressing our support of all efforts to protect the property and resources of UKZN, and expressing our strong and heartfelt opposition to the conduct of protesting students. Just as it in in the right of students to engage in lawful protests, it is equally in the right of the alumni community to defend and protect the property and infrastructure of our Alma Mater. I wish to stress that as the alumni we do not intend to become involved in the actual issues between students and UKZN. Our stance is simply to support the protection of university infrastructure and property.

Please respond directly to Prenisha by Thursday, 15 September 2016 on email: psewpersadh@gmail.com or ph: 061 074 7365

Yours in the name of education 
Dr. Prenisha Sewpersadh
UKZN Graduate

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