UCT had to shut, again



October 18, 2016
UCT had to shut, again

OUT!: Protesters force students out of classes. CREDIT: Brendan Magaar

Angry strikers eject learners.

The University of Cape Town, which planned to resume classes yesterday, was forced to shut their doors again after #FeesMustFall protesters smashed windows, flung poo at building entrances and forced students out of classes.

Police used stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

In a statement, UCT spokesman Elijah Moholola says the university called in the police because campus security could not cope with the situation.

Protesters were angry because they say they had not been consulted about the resumption of class yesterday.

This after UCT vice-chancellor Max Price said he was punched by protesters on Friday when he met with them to discuss the issue of reopening.

At the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, staff and students are preparing to write exams off-campus at the Wingfield Military Base this week.

And at University of the Western Cape, a mass meeting was under way last night to
discuss the way forward.

Meanwhile, a senior academic has been slammed for comparing the #FeesMustFall
protest to Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram.

Professor Achille Mbembe had worked at University of the Witwatersrand in the past and came to the defence of Price.

In his opinion piece published online, Mbembe says: “As I write, it is difficult to say when this will stop and who will stop what looks more and more like a Boko Haram style of violence – intimidation, filibustering, name calling, emotional blackmail and, increasingly, physical assault, the destruction of precious public assets and the use of fire as a sacrificial and pseudo-purificatory weapon.”

Writer Gillian Schutte disagreed, saying: “Funny how Achille Mbembe has f**kall to say on the trauma the students have had to deal with from the violence aimed at them by the securocrat neoliberal system.”

It is not clear if lectures will be resumed at UCT today.

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