Durban - Violent student protests, which have been continuing for the past two weeks, forced the closure on Tuesday of the FET Midlands campuses, including Northdale, Msunduzi and Plessislaer.
Protesting students brought traffic to a standstill in Newholmes Way and Pietermaritz Street last week, when more than 1 000 gathered and went on a rampage, burning tyres and barricading the road.
Buildings on all three campuses were also damaged, with windows and water pipes being broken. Light fixtures in lecture theatres were also ripped out and bins upturned and litter strewn all around the campus and in classrooms.
Some staff who spoke to the Daily News on Tuesday said non-protesting students and members of staff were also threatened.
“Lectures have been postponed and the campuses shut down until further notice. Management is in the process of liaising with the SRC to come to some sort of resolution,” one lecturer said on Tuesday.