Central University of Technology closes campuses following student protests

2016-09-26 21:06
Students at Central University of Technology have been instructed to vacate campus. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Students at Central University of Technology have been instructed to vacate campus. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - Academic activities at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State have been suspended until October 10 due to security concerns, the institution said in a statement.

"All academic activities for Central University of Technology have been suspended at both the Bloemfontein and Welkom campuses with effect from 12:00 until October 10 due to security concerns on campus at this stage."  

CUT spokesperson Dan Maritz said the institution made its decision after a meeting between student leaders and management which "failed to effectively address the current challenges and implications of the statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande for the universities in 2017”.

"The meeting served as a continuation of previous meetings which were held with student leaders to find solutions to the current fees must fall debacle, most importantly, our commitment to constructive engagements with our students," Maritz said.

The university was hopeful that the academic programme would resume after the extended recess, which had been scheduled to begin on September 29, he added.

"Management remains committed to continue to negotiate with students and staff; particularly our students to ensure a speedy resolution to this impasse," said Maritz.

Meanwhile Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) management has resolved to start the recess period earlier, with effect from September 27. 

"The decision is applicable to all campuses, except Soshanguve North and South, Polokwane and Mbombela, and was taken to minimise disruption of academic activities and possible damage to property," TUT's Corporate Channels Manager, Willa de Ruyter said. 

De Ruyter said the institution will resume on October 10 for its fourth term.

"This decision was taken due to the escalating disruptions in the higher education sector as part of the national drive for fee free education."

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