CPUT students instructed to vacate residences

2015-11-16 18:10
CPUT student being arrested by police. Picture: Lulama Zenzi

CPUT student being arrested by police. Picture: Lulama Zenzi

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Cape Town - Students have been instructed to vacate the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) residences, the institution said.

This after weeks of violent student protests.

In a communique sent to students by Vice Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu, students have until 16:00 on Wednesday to move out if immediate plans could not be arranged.

“For the past few weeks CPUT has been held hostage by a group of students who are determined to make the university ungovernable. The academic activities have been disrupted and the destruction of university property has continued unabated,” he said.

“Consequently management of the university met [on Monday] morning and decided on [a] course of action to protect students who wish to continue with their academic programme and are being intimidated and to protect university property.”

In addition to vacating the residences, Nevhutalu said the assessment for non-exit level courses will remain suspended until January 11.

“Students will be notified of all logistical arrangements in due course,” he said.

Faculties will inform individual students on alternative assessment processes, while those writing exit level subjects would be notified by November 20 of revised examination dates.

“We regret the trauma that has been suffered by both our students and staff during this period,” Nevhutalu said.

On Sunday, the university posted on its website that all activities have been suspended as a result of protest action over the weekend.

The university had obtained an interim court order over the weekend “to protect staff, students and infrastructure”.

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