Pretoria University to continue with limited programme, despite protests

2016-10-31 10:51

Pretoria - The University of Pretoria said it would continue with its "limited" academic programme on Monday, despite protests on its Hatfield campus which resulted in some destruction of property.

University spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer said a group of protesters had damaged some of the buildings at the institution along Prospect and Festival streets, but that classes were continuing.

She said police were handling the matter.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer told News24 that a night vigil was held on Sunday night and following this, students at the university then barricaded the entrance to the campus.

"We understand that vehicles on the campus have been damaged and the SAPS will check on this.

"Public Order Policing members are on the scene. Police will monitor the situation and take action where necessary, using maximum restraint and minimum force to ensure peace, calm and stability," she said.

The situation at the campus was currently quiet, she said.

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