Maties registration resumes after protest

2016-01-28 13:54
Students at Stellenbosch University take part in protests over fees in October last year. (File, Tammy Petersen, News24)

Students at Stellenbosch University take part in protests over fees in October last year. (File, Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Registration at Stellenbosch University resumed on Thursday after protesting students interrupted the process.

About 10 students, believed to be members of the Stellenbosch Fees Must Fall movement, made their way into the Admin A Building at 14:45 on Wednesday, university spokesperson Martin Viljoen said.

“No list of demands was handed over, but the protest is understood to be about fees payment.”

The cashier’s desk was closed as registering students and staff felt intimidated.

Attempts to reach Stellenbosch Fees Must Fall members were unsuccessful.

According to a statement on the university’s website, staff at the Centre for Student Communities spoke to the group. The students left the building of their own accord at 16:30.

The university would do everything possible to make sure that the welcoming and registration process took place without disruption, the statement read.

“The university acknowledges the right of staff and students to take part in protest action, provided that academic and administrative activities are not disrupted; that the rights of fellow students to study are not infringed upon; and that protesters do not engage in criminal acts such as damaging property, intimidation or injuring other people.”

The institution warned it would act against those who disrupted any administrative or academic activity.

Staff in the bursaries and loans division would help students ensure that financial difficulties did not form a barrier to academic success.

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