Police ­remain on campus

2016-10-19 06:00

THE academic programme and activities on the two campuses of the Central University of Technology (CUT) Free State, (Bloemfontein and Welkom) continue under the presence of police and security personnel.

All programmes, including assessments, resumed on Monday (17/10) after being suspended temporarily in the wake of the #FeesMustFall protests turning violent.

Dan Maritz, varsity spokesperson, said security and police remain on campus following disruptions by a faction of #FeesMustFall and criminal activities which saw an arson attack on a building on the Bloemfontein campus on Monday, 10 October, and the looting of the cafeteria at the Welkom campus on Friday (14/10).

He said the situation was calm at the Bloemfontein campus after the situation had been stabilised and order restored.

Maritz said at the Welkom campus they had experienced contrasting events in disruptions by students championing the #FeesMustFall campaign. He said Friday’s looting had led to the arrest of an undisclosed number of looters.

“On Tuesday, sporadic disruptions were continuing at the Welkom campus. Protesting students are adamant that normal academic activities will not continue,” said Maritz.

He said on Monday instigators of violence were arrested, following students’ confrontation with the police, which had led to students being removed from the campus.

Maritz said a faction of the unruly students then reportedly went to disrupt schools in Welkom’s township of Thabong, leading to further arrests. He said the campus management were continuously monitoring activities, adding that a meeting had been held with the leaders of the protesting faction of students.

Meanwhile, the management of the University of the Free State (UFS) announced on Friday (14/10) a catch-up strategy of the academic programme to ensure that students complete the 2016 academic year.

This followed suspension of classes due to escalating violent protest by students.

The UFS announced that no teaching and learning activities at undergraduate and honours level would be offered between 17 and 28 October. It will re-start teaching and learning at undergraduate and honours level in the first week of November.

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