Picture: Bernadette Wolhuter

Durban - Police arrested at least one student during protests at the Durban University of Technology on Tuesday.

Students and police clashed outside the institution’s ML Sultan Campus in Durban.

Police had to use stun grenades to disperse the estimated 300 students who resorted to throwing stones at police, and journalists reporting on the protest.

The arrested student was seen using a slingshot during the clashes and an officer at the scene, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the slingshot had been confiscated.

A small group of students wearing Economic Freedom Front T-shirts then marched on the Berea police station to demand his release.

University spokesman Alan Khan announced that a decision had been taken to close the campuses for two days.

“Following the violent student protest in Durban this morning, the university has made a decision to close all DUT campuses today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday),” he said.

The university announced on Monday that campuses would be open, but that lectures, assessments and practicals had been suspended.

Staff were required to report for duty, however, following Tuesday’s announcement staff could be seen leaving the premises of the various campuses.

There were no immediate reports of injuries but debris could be seen in the streets outside the Steve Biko campus.

African News Agency