UCT obtains court order while Rhodes, Wits suspend lectures – As it happened

2015-10-19 19:00

As protests at universities around the country enter into the night Rhodes and Wits universities have announced that lectures will be suspended, while UCT managed to obtain an interdict against protesting students.

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19 Oct 19:53
Police ask protesting UCT students to leave the Bremner Building.

19 Oct 19:47

A statement released by the ANC:

In recent days South Africa has witnessed progressive protests led by students demonstrating against unreasonable and exclusionary fee increments being imposed by various universities across the country. These legitimate protests underscore the very important call that affordability cannot be the barometer that is used to determine whether the youth of our country have access to education - the only tool with which we can transform the world as immortalised by Former ANC President Nelson Mandela.

The ANC remains committed to the progressive realisation of free education at all levels. Since 1994 university student enrollment has more than doubled from 495 000 to 953 000 in 2012. African students in universities increased from 49% to 66% in 2010. To date, more than 1.4 million students have benefitted from National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

These are the results of determined actions by the ANC government to increase access to free quality education, a legacy we must collectively guard and build upon in our quest to create an educated and skilled workforce. The ANC welcomes the decision of the Minister of Higher Education and Training to convene a meeting with the vice chancellors of our higher education institutions.

It is our hope that this meeting will emerge with tangible resolutions that will ensure that universities do not use the proposed fee increases as a form of exclusion.


19 Oct 19:46

19 Oct 19:41
Former SRC president tells Wits students: "We are going to shut down this university up until our demands are met."

19 Oct 19:39
Sit-in at Stellenbosch University continues.

19 Oct 19:36
Former SRC president: "We are holding ground very well, took a wise strong decision to say we don't want any fee increase."

19 Oct 19:35
"Habib has already started calling he wants to talk and we say we know where to find us. He is now calling one by one 'can we meet' we say you know where you left us, we are waiting for him like those woman in the bible."

19 Oct 19:35
"Vice chancellor [Habib] only addressing media, I think he owns shares at 702," says former SRC president. "Habib has failed us. Victory is certain and I can smell it."

19 Oct 19:32

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19 Oct 19:30
Phambo: "Starting with free education and we are moving forward, what we are doing is history, what we are doing is just."

19 Oct 19:29
Phambo: "Thought black children would just drink and not think about serious things."

19 Oct 19:29
People ask us what are we doing here you must answer this way, we are running the country - Phambo.

19 Oct 19:26
Phambo: "Habib is afraid of his own management. We would have not gone to empire had he been here, if we want to go further we will take Johannesburg."

19 Oct 19:26
Former Wits SRC president says they will disrupt white economy to be heard.

19 Oct 19:24
Phambo: "Do not fearful, this country is going to be in our hands."

19 Oct 19:24
EFF student chair Vuyani Phambo tells Wits students: "Tomorrow we will push even further. We taking Habib's power away from him."

19 Oct 19:23

19 Oct 19:19

In Johannesburg:

Wits students decide to continue protest, SRC spokesperson Shaeera says their negotiations with council are down the drain.


19 Oct 19:16
Police posted at UCT's campus.

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19 Oct 19:01
Calls for more protests on Wednesday 21 October.

19 Oct 18:59
Rhodes University Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Chrissy Boughey addresses students.

19 Oct 18:42
Wits students are gathering at the hall about to be addressed by student leaders.

19 Oct 18:39

19 Oct 18:32

The University of Cape Town applied for a court interdict to prevent protesters from interfering with university operations.

The court granted the order.


19 Oct 18:18
Wits students are getting ready to protest throughout the night.

19 Oct 18:08

19 Oct 18:04

Cape Town – Protesting students at UCT barricaded entrances to the university on Monday over a proposed increase in study fees and the outsourcing of workers.

Police officials taped the roads off and directed traffic away but many chose to park on the side of the road or M3 highway and walk.Protesters, who were linked to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, did not stop persistent students and staff from entering on foot but asked them to walk around the barricade.


19 Oct 18:02

Pretoria - The current student protests are not a national crisis and can be resolved, said Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande on Monday.

The situation had not reached a point of total collapse between the different stakeholders, he added.

"A crisis implies that the situation is so bad that there are no mechanisms to deal with it. There are mechanisms in place. I have been assured by all vice-chancellors that they are willing to engage students on the matter."


19 Oct 17:58
 In Stellenbosch:

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19 Oct 17:53

Caught on camera:

Earlier police used water canons against protesting students at Rhodes University.


19 Oct 17:46
Do you think university students are right to protest over tuition fee increases?

19 Oct 17:43
In Cape Town:

19 Oct 17:38

19 Oct 17:37

In a statement, the institution said this was due to ongoing protests and concerns for the health and safety of staff and students.

"The suspension will be reviewed depending on further developments", it said.


19 Oct 17:37
Wits University says all classes will be suspended again on Tuesday.

19 Oct 17:31

19 Oct 17:30
In Johannesburg:

19 Oct 17:28
Police are on high alert at Rhodes University.

19 Oct 17:25
According to reports Rhodes University says all university activities will remain suspended tomorrow.

19 Oct 17:24

In Cape Town:

UCT students occupy Bremner Building.


19 Oct 17:22

19 Oct 17:15
She told News24 reporter, Tammy Petersen: “Staff members are speaking to the students to [convince them to] allow those inside the building to leave.”

19 Oct 17:14
University of Stellenbosch spokesperson Martin Viljoen told News24 about 30 to 40 students have occupied the building since Monday afternoon in protest against student fees increases.

19 Oct 17:06

In Johannesburg:

A van that drove into protesting Wit students was overturned by protesters.


19 Oct 17:04

In Cape Town:

Stellenbosch University students are staging a sit in at the Admin B building, dubbed “Winnie Mandela House” by students who are barring staff from leaving, university officials have confirmed.

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