UCT suspends classes as student protests spread

By Drum Digital
16 September 2016

The University of Cape Town suspended classes and lectures on Friday due to student protests.

Cape Town –

“Classes and lectures have been temporarily suspended for Friday afternoon in order to assess the situation and implement additional security measures on campus. Lectures and classes will resume on Monday morning,” UCT’s Kylie Hatton said in a statement.

The libraries and the 24/7 study area were closed.

Students began protesting on Thursday, calling for the university to reinstate students who had been suspended, interdicted, or expelled following the “fees must fall” protests.

The students moved between campuses on Friday, singing, and calling for an end to lectures.

On Thursday, they gave UCT 48 hours to respond to their demands, or they would shut down the institution.

“We recognise the right to engage in legitimate and peaceful protest and urge protesters to respect the rights of other members of the campus community to attend classes and arrive at work,” the university said earlier on Friday.

Source: News24

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