AS IT HAPPENED: #FeesMustFall – DUT completely shuts down all campuses

2016-09-27 15:00

Following two days of volatile protests over rising university fees, spokesperson Alan Khan has announced the Durban University of Technology's decision to shut down all campuses completely.

Protesting Durban University of Technology student

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Bloemfontein – Free State police have confirmed that 22 Central University of Technology students were arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning during a protest.

They were arrested at 02:00 for malicious damage to property, illegal gathering and public violence, said police spokesperson Chaka Marope.

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Durban - The Durban University of Technology’s SRC on Tuesday condemned the violence that broke out on their campus.

“We cannot condone violence. Some students will get hurt and some will get arrested. This thing of violence is out of order. At the end of the day, if we throw stones, police will retaliate,” Student Representative Council president Zama Mncube said.

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Johannesburg - University of Johannesburg (UJ) protesters appear to have lost focus over what they are protesting about, three of the institution’s students said on Tuesday.

They were worried that the protesters were taking their fight to places that had nothing to do with university fees, they told News24. They did not want to be named for fear of victimisation.

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Dire academic consequences if classes don't resume next week - UCT 

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price has warned that the academic consequences would be dire should classes not resume next Monday as planned. 

In a communiqué on the university website, Price said the institution hoped to reopen the campus without the use of security on Monday. 

A meeting of the UCT senior management team decided that classes would resume on October 3. 

Students began protesting two weeks ago, calling for the university to reinstate students who had been suspended, interdicted, or expelled following the Fees Must Fall protests. 

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Police keep watch at UFS 

Police were monitoring the situation at the University of Free State on Tuesday, as classes remain suspended. 

Hundreds of students protested at the university's main campus, while police kept a close watch. 

The university had been expected to resume its normal activities on Tuesday. 

However, university management suspended academic activities due to the ongoing protests. 

"We have sent out SMSes to students that we will give them an update later in the day, but classes have been suspended," said university spokesperson Lacea Loader. 

27 Sep 14:06

NMMU campuses shut until further notice 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has suspended all academic activities until further notice, the institution said. 

University management responded in writing to all four memorandums of demand it received from student groups claiming to represent protesters, and held meetings with students at the George and Summerstrand campuses on Monday. 

Following the meetings, a decision was made late on Monday night that the campuses would remain closed until further notice. 

"In light of the above events, and the present escalating protests, tensions and violence within the sector which has seen many universities closed for more than a week, NMMU management feels it cannot safely resume operations," spokesperson Debbie Derry said in a statement. 

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UKZN riots hit a new low as protesters fling faeces 

The #FeesMustFall campaign sank to a new low on Monday when protesters flung faeces at a lecture venue on the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus. 

Early on Monday morning, reports were sent to university security management that protesting students were seen throwing faeces in the Commerce block. 

In October last year, when the #FeesMustFall campaign first started nationwide, two students were arrested in the same area while carrying a large bag full of faeces. 

At about the same time as the faeces was being flung, a fire was started at the entrance to the William O’Brien (WOB) residence on the main campus.

27 Sep 13:32

Nzimande calls for probe into death of Wits employee 

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has called for an investigation following the death of a University of the Witwatersrand cleaner during the ongoing student protests. 

The employee died on Tuesday from an asthma attack after students released a fire extinguisher in Jubilee Hall, the university confirmed on Monday. 

Nzimande expressed shock that the university had failed to report the incident immediately.  

"It is clear from the report that this particular death occurred as a result of the actions of protesting students who are reported to have released a fire extinguisher that affected this employee who later died. The university should have reported this matter immediately so that a proper investigation can take place." 

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