Students barricade Fort Hare entrance

2016-05-20 13:00

Alice - Students have barricaded the main entrance at the University of Fort Hare, saying they will not allow President Jacob Zuma to enter the premises. 

Parents and workers have joined protesting students. 

Hundreds of students have gathered to disrupt the institution's centenary celebrations on Friday, where Zuma is scheduled to speak.

(Photos by Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, an alumnus of the university, was also said to be part of the delegation at the event.

Students said they would not allow the proceedings to continue until their demands had been met. 

These demands include that students, who did not live in residences on campus, should recover allowances for accommodation and transport before the end of the semester. 

Students clashed with police as they marched to the campus's sport complex were the celebrations are scheduled to take place. Police fired water cannons to disperse students. 

Speaking to student leader Bulani Rawane, Brigadier Malibongwe Ntsabo assured students that police would not fire at them unless they disturbed those attending the event.

VIP personnel were also arriving in their numbers.  

Wednesday evening saw protesting Fort Hare students set fire to a building and a tent on the Alice campus.

The protests continued until the early hours of Friday morning, when police fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters. ‎

The students claimed that university management had not met all of their demands.‎


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