Police keep watch at UFS

2016-09-27 11:39
Protesting UFS students (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Protesting UFS students (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Police were monitoring the situation at the University of Free State on Tuesday, as classes remain suspended.

Hundreds of students protested at the university's main campus, while police kept a close watch.

The university had been expected to resume its normal activities on Tuesday.

However, university management suspended academic activities due to the ongoing protests. 

"We have sent out SMSes to students that we will give them an update later in the day, but classes have been suspended," said university spokesperson Lacea Loader.

On Monday, students handed over a memorandum to the institution's management, calling for there to be no fee increases in 2017.

They were demanding that no students be deregistered and for the academic calendar to be extended due to the protest, said leader of the Free Education Movement, Azive Dlanjwa.

"We also want the charges of students who were arrested during protests in 2015 and this year to be withdrawn," he said.

The university was given until Tuesday afternoon to respond to the memorandum.

Dlanjwa said if the university met their demands, they would still protest until government gave them a commitment for free education.

Read more on:    ufs  |  bloemfontein  |  education  |  university fees  |  university protests

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