I am shocked at police action - UWC SRC

2015-10-22 21:45
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Cape Town – The University of the Western Cape's SRC president Akhona Landu said she is shocked by the actions of police at the campus.

In an earlier interview with News24, Landu was forced to drop the line after she said police were firing rubber bullets at them.

Landu said police used stun grenades and water cannons to disperse protesting students at the campus gates.

"Upon returning from Erica Road, we were standing at the gates of the university and police warned us to go back to our residences. We refused and a little later stun grenades were fired. The students are angry now and they are burning bins outside residences, singing struggle songs. Police keep coming in to separate us using water cannons and stun grenades," Landu told News24.

Landu said she condemned the brutally that she said she "witnessed and suffered [at] the hands of the police".

As a result of the student protest UWC Vice Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius said the university would be closed on Thursday and Friday.

In a statement, Pretorius said after assessing the situation regarding national student protests and having discussed this with the SRC, senior management decided to close the university. He said one of the exams would have to be rescheduled as a result.

"This decision is being taken in solidarity with the national student call for affordable education. This decision has not been taken lightly, as we recognise that this is a crucial time in the academic calendar and both students and staff have worked very hard throughout the year in preparing for final exams.

"We plead with all staff to demonstrate an understanding of the context in which this decision has been taken and that we stand together as a united campus community around this important issue," the statement reads. 

"Even though the university hasn't released its financial plan for 2016, they now know that we won’t tolerate any talks of fee hikes," said Landu.

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