CPUT students protest over lack of facilities at res

2017-04-25 11:33
CPUT protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

CPUT protest. (Jenni Evans, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Hundreds of CPUT students living at New Market Junction residence in Woodstock were protesting over a lack of proper facilities, and alleged unlawful evictions, on Tuesday.

With smoke puffing out of the courtyard of the residence off Sir Lowry Road, students gathered for a march into the CBD to force the university and the property owners to take their demands seriously.

"We have one microwave oven, five washing machines and no Wi-Fi for 1 200 students," a spokesperson said on condition of anonymity.

The Red Ants, the police and the building's management waited at a distance as they photographed the Cape Peninsula University of Technology students.

"We are tired of sending emails and nothing gets done," said a student.

It cost more than R28 000 a year to live in the residence, with many covered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, said a student.

"The people who live here are mostly poor black people from out of town,'' said the protesting student.

Students said it also cost them R800 a month for parking. They said they were not getting their money's worth. They also claimed that they were prevented from attending classes whenever they started raising issues.

Students are understood to have cut the electricity to prevent being caught protesting on CCTV.

They complained that, when there had been a burglary, the CCTV footage was not used to find the culprits.

One student said that in order to get Wi-Fi, they had to walk outside at night, which was unsafe.

If students were evicted, they would be locked out of their rooms and have to sleep outdoors, with no access to books.

"We do not have the money to get lawyers like the property owners do," said one.

CPUT management said it would respond shortly.

Read more on:    cput  |  cape town  |  protests  |  university protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/Africa
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.