CPUT shuts until further notice

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October 12, 2017
CPUT shuts until further notice

VIOLENT PROTESTS: CPUT Photo: Henk Kruger

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) will be shut down indefinitely following violent protests this week.

Meanwhile, the “CPUT Four” have been suspended for one full year.

Students went on a rampage at CPUT’s campuses in Bellville and Cape Town, burning rubble and beds, damaging cars and clashing with police.

They’re unhappy with disciplinary action taken against four fellow students.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said: “After careful consideration of the current situation, CPUT management has made the decision to suspend all university activities, at all campuses, until further notice. The return to work and classes will be communicated via staff and student emails, as well as the CPUT website.”

On Tuesday, the student leaders – Ayakha Magxothwa, Neo Mongale, Sivuyise Nolusu and Lukhanyo Vanqa – were found guilty of disrupting an executive committee council meeting, verbally abusing members and threatening violence at the
university’s Bellville campus.

Kansley said an independent external chairperson had found the four students guilty and the sanction was expulsion, suspended for 12 months.

“This means that if the students are found guilty of any disruptions for 12 months from this date, the university will have grounds to pursue another disciplinary hearing and if found guilty again, they can be expelled,” she said.

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