CPUT students arrested

2009-08-05 22:18

Johannesburg - Thirty-seven students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology were arrested on Wednesday, following violent protests on campus over a proposed fee hike, police said.

"Students threw stones at the police and we retaliated by firing rubber bullets. We tried to calm them down but they would not listen," Superintendent Andre Traut said.

Staff at the Cape Town campus fled their offices as students clashed with police.
This was the second time violence has flared up on the campus this week.

On Monday, students at the Bellville and Cape Town campuses went on the rampage, demanding the resignation of the university's vice-chancellor Vuyiswa Mazwi-Tanga.

The students arrested were to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

University management on Wednesday said it was suspending classes on Thursday and Friday.

"Following three days of protests, we decided to cancel classes at the Cape Town campus as well as at the Thomas Patullo Building, which is a satellite campus," media manager Thami Nkwanyane said.

Nkwanyane said classes at the other campuses would proceed as normal.