CPUT classes resume after week-long suspension

2017-07-31 17:01
CPUT protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

CPUT protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town - Academic activity at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Bellville campus resumed on Monday after classes were suspended a week ago due to campus protests.

This came after students and insourced workers demonstrated last week against the lack of contracts for insourced staff and over criminal proceedings against student activists involved in last year’s Fees Must Fall protests.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said discussions were held and the matter involving the workers’ issues had been resolved.

"Today the signing of pre-contracts went ahead without incident," she confirmed.

"With regard to student discipline matters related to previous fees protests, Council has reiterated that the criminal cases are not an internal CPUT process. An amnesty which mimics the TRC process will be explored by the university to conclude any internal outstanding student discipline issues."

READ: #EndOutsourcing suspends academic activity at CPUT

Staff returned to work on Friday July 28, with classes resuming on Monday.

"Furthermore, Council also committed to monitoring the insourcing process more regularly and has resolved to issue insourced workers with contracts by the end of August," Kansley said.

Acting Vice Chancellor Chris Nhlapo at the time said, following "mammoth all-day meetings" with the parties, he had consulted with the chair of Council and decided to suspend operations "in the interests of the safety of staff and students" until Wednesday July 26.

Following an emergency meeting with insourced workers and students on Wednesday, it was resolved that classes would commence on Monday.

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