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CPUT students back in class

2009-08-06 11:15

Cape Town - Cape Peninsula University of Technology students were back in class on Thursday following violent protests that resulted in the arrest of seven students, a university official said.

"The situation is back to normal and classes are continuing as normal," said media manager Thami Nkwanyane of the Bellville campus.

"Students at the Bellville campus went back in class today [Thursday]."

However, classes at the Cape Town campus were suspended.

"There was an executive meeting and classes at the Cape Town campus were suspended."

Registration fee increase


The students protested on Wednesday at the Cape Town campus against a proposed 60% registration fee increase.

"Students threw stones at the police and we retaliated firing rubber bullets. We tried to calm them down but they would not listen," police Superintendent Andre Traut said.

Staff at the campus fled their offices as students clashed with police.

This was the second time violence flared on the campus this week.

On Monday, students at the Bellville and Cape Town campuses went on the rampage, demanding the resignation of the university's vice-chancellor Vuyiswa Mazwi-Tanga.

Management is still engaged in meetings to resolve the situation," said Nkwanyane.

The students arrested were to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

University management on Wednesday said it would suspend classes on Thursday and Friday.

"Following three days of protests, we decided to cancel classes at the Cape Town campus as well as at the Thomas Patullo Building, which is a satellite campus," Nkwanyane said.