All varsities stay shut



October 10, 2016
All varsities stay shut

DECISION: Dr Max Price says security withdrawn

UCT, UWC and CPUT campuses will only reopen on Tuesday.

The University of Cape Town (UCT), the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape University of Technology campuses (CPUT) will all remain closed today.

UCT’s executive said it had decided to suspend classes to allow more time for engagement with key stakeholders including the Student Representative Council candidates who are leading the protest action.

UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max Price said the private security company hired by the university, Vetus Schola has been withdrawn from the campus until
further notice.

Security staff has been accused of fuelling the violence at the varsity and of using excessive force against protesters who are demanding no fee increase.

UWC said classes would remain suspended today as it was “preferable than having a start-stop approach that leads to greater uncertainty”.

It said examinations were set to start on Monday, November 7, and students were encouraged to start preparing for the exams.

At CPUT, where protesters caused chaos last week when they flung poo, classes will remain closed until further notice.

CPUT spokeswoman Lauren Kansley says a general assembly on Friday ended in chaos when some protesters stormed the meeting.

Some of the topics that were tackled included bringing back suspended students, de-colonisation of the curriculum and fee-free education.

She says vice chancellor Prins Nevhutalu “was forced to leave because of concerns for his safety”.

Meanwhile, management of the University of the Witwatersrand confirmed that Wits would reopen today.

Protests have disrupted academic activities at universities across South Africa since Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced on September 19 that universities could increase fees for next year up to a cap of eight percent.

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