UCT suspends lectures after fee protests

2015-10-19 11:06

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Cape Town - All lectures and other activities at the University of Cape Town have been suspended for the rest of Monday following protests over fee hikes.

“All staff and students are asked to refrain from coming to UPPER CAMPUS, MIDDLE AND LOWER CAMPUS for today. Staff and student currently on UPPER CAMPUS, MIDDLE AND LOWER CAMPUS are asked to leave the campus.”

UCT students began blocking entrances to the institution on Monday morning, in protest against a planned 10.3% increase.

“This prevented staff and students from getting to their classes and work spaces. We believe this situation presents a threat to the safety of staff and students,” UCT’s communications director Gerda Kruger said.

“The decision serves to prevent an escalation and to allow us to do the work to bring the university back to safety and normal operation.”

The protesters’ actions are de facto preventing the business of the institution to continue, Kruger said.

“Their actions prevent others from exercising their right to come and learn. This can never be acceptable and is unlawful.”

The university appealed to the protesters to remain peaceful.

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