UWC Vice-Chancellor to meet with students

2015-10-23 09:35
Security secure the area around UWC's student centre ahead of a public meeting with Rector Tyrone Pretorius. (Paul Herman, News24)

Security secure the area around UWC's student centre ahead of a public meeting with Rector Tyrone Pretorius. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town – The University of Western Cape (UWC) rector and Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius is due to meet with protesting students at the campus's student centre on Friday.

The proposed meeting is scheduled for 10:00, where students will deliver their demands.

Students from the neighbouring CPUT Bellville campus will join the gathering on the campus in support of the continued #FeesMustFall protest.

The group plans to join the protests at UCT's campuses in Rondebosch thereafter, learners told News24 on Friday.

UWC's main campus was significantly quieter on Friday morning, following a night of intense protest action.

Western Cape police opened water cannons and shot stun grenades at UWC students who had staged a sit down at Erica Road in Bellville on Thursday afternoon.

Crucial time in the academic calendar

Police national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo however, claimed they used "minimum" force against the students after they damaged two police vehicles and burnt tyres.

On Thursday, UWC Executive Management made the decision to close the campus for the rest of the week, while exams scheduled for Friday were postponed.   
In a letter addressed to students, Pretorius stated that the university stood  in solidarity with students over the 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," the letter read.

"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."                                                                     

Read more on:    uwc  |  cape town  |  education  |  university fees  |  protests

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