Protesters attempt Stellies exam disruption

2016-11-02 19:02
Stellenbosch and UCT students at a solidarity march. (Jenni Evans, News24, file)

Stellenbosch and UCT students at a solidarity march. (Jenni Evans, News24, file)

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Stellenbosch - Police and private security outnumbered students who tried to shut down operations at Stellenbosch University on Wednesday.

Protesters travelled from the University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, and Cape Peninsula University of Technology by train in an attempt to bring Maties to a standstill.

About 100 made it onto campus. Police on Merriman Avenue stopped students walking from the train station. Smaller groups made their way to the institution, where a peaceful gathering took place at the Rooiplein.

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Afterward, protesters tried to disrupt an exam being written at the education faculty. Public Order Police and private security patrolling the roads surrounding the campus met them.

"Nobody is going to write exams until we have free education!" student leaders told police in a tense stand-off.

Protesters spent hours outside the building, applauding when the police eventually dispersed. Seven security guards kept watch outside the building.

Exams continued under strict security checks.

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