Chaos erupts at Cape Town university

2015-02-16 17:51
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Cape Town – A Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) student was hospitalised after chaos erupted between protesting students and campus security guards in Bellville, Western Cape, on Monday.

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According to students protesting started on Friday, 13 February, after more than 10 000 students were still not registered for classes.

CPUT student Tatusolo Matsinya, told News24 that protesting students had tried to talk to the vice chancellor to resolve the issue over unregistered students, but were told to submit a memorandum on Monday.

He said: “When students tried to submit the memorandum today [Monday] security guards were called, and that is when chaos broke out.”

Matsinya said students were being beaten up and a few students were taken into custody.

“Police were called in. I’m not sure if the students threw stones first, but the guards were apparently also throwing stones at the students.”

Another student Sinetemba Madikazi said: “The protest was to open the line of negotiation between the management and the students.”

Madikazi said that during the scuffle some of the protesting students were shot at with rubber bullets and pepper-sprayed by the security guards and police.

“One student was hospitalised after he was sprayed with pepper-spray in his eyes,” he said.

He said some students were stopped from entering the campus and some of them were staying in residences.

By late Monday afternoon the protest had calmed down, with police on the scene trying to negotiate with students and campus staff.

Thami Nkwanyane, spokesperson for CPUT Bellville, told News24 that he was unaware of the protest.

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