Cape Town gears up for more #feesmustfall protests

2015-10-23 11:02
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CAPE TOWN: Students in Cape Town gather to protest (Pics)

After a night of facing stun grenades and water cannons, students at the University of the Western Cape are joining University of Cape Town students in protest.

Cape Town - Students in the Western Cape were gathering for another day of #feesmustfall protests on Friday ahead of a crisis meeting in Pretoria between President Jacob Zuma, student leaders and vice chancellors over university fees.

Students at the University of Cape Town were on their way to support students at Stellenbosch University on Friday morning.

News24 reporter Thulani Qirana, who is at UCT, said students with cars are being encouraged to give other students lifts. Bins blocked some of the roads leading to the campus.

Preparations are also under way for a march in support of students by academics at the University of Cape Town from Jameson Hall to the Bremner Building at 11:00.

The academics have six demands, including withdrawing a court interdict granted to the university on Monday to stop students from protesting and disrupting activities and for charges against students to be dropped.

Workers with loudhailers gathered at UCT, calling for outsourcing to be stopped. They vowed to not work on Saturday.

On Thursday police released stun grenades in Darling Street as students took over the CBD and the route to the V&A Waterfront area.


News24 reporter Paul Herman, at the University of the Western Cape on Friday morning, said students there are readying themselves for a meeting with their vice chancellor Tyrone Pretorius at the campus's student centre.

Western Cape police used a water cannon on students at the university while they were sitting in Erica Road in Bellville on Thursday night.

Late on Thursday the Western Cape High Court granted an interdict preventing police in the Western Cape from using ''unreasonable force'' on protesting students.

This was after a parent Mercia Andrews and nine university students had asked the court for the interdict after police fired stun grenades and arrested 29 people after the gates of Parliament were stormed on Wednesday.

Among those arrested were UCT vice chancellor Max Price's son Ilan.

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