Fees revolution takes on other matters

2016-10-06 06:00

Classes were suspended at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Wednesday morning, as protesting students continued their shutdown of various campuses.

In the early hours of the morning, human faeces were dumped in the security office of CPUT’s Bellville campus.

A decision was made to keep classes suspended on Wednesday, after ongoing security assessments.

Academic activities were initially meant to continue at UWC, but students who arrived for class were unable to drive onto the campus. All entrances were blocked, including the entrance to the library, university spokesperson Luthando Thyalibongo confirmed.

Long lines of parked cars were seen outside the university. Protesting students, meanwhile, formed a circle in Modderdam Road and held a “political class”.

UWC’s deputy vice-chancellor of student development and support, Professor Pamela Dube, met with those who were blocking the entrance gates.

A meeting with university management was expected to take place at some stage.

UWC students submitted a detailed memorandum of demands last week.

Top of the list was a demand for free, quality, black-centred education, and no talks of feasibility or increments. They wanted all student debts to be cleared, and the scrapping of registration and application fees.

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