Threat to remove CPUT students 'a lie', activist says

2016-10-08 10:08
(Tammy Petersen, News24)

(Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - A threat that students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) would be chased out of their residences is a hoax, a student leader told News24 on Saturday, after a tumultuous week of university protests.

''That is a lie,'' the activist said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

An extract of a note read: ''The leaders ryt now are busy instructing the house parents to remove everyone from the rooms and well be given master keys to open the doors, after everyone has left the residents they will be locked and no one will have access till strikers come back'' (sic).

The activist said students are upbeat at the moment, and are acting in good faith after an agreement on Friday with Vice Chancellor Dr Prins Nevhutalu that some suspended students will be allowed to return to the campus in Bellville.

There is also a possibility that classes could resume next week, but this will be discussed fully among students there, he added.

On Friday the institution also announced that students whose family income was higher than R600 000 - 10% of the students there - would pay 8% more to study in 2017.

The university will run a R94m deficit under this model, Nevhutalu said.

Student countrywide have been protesting since September 19, when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities could decide their own fee increases for 2017, but that they had to be capped at 8%. Students from families with an income less than R600 000 a year would not pay the increase.

Demand for free education

The protesting students have been demanding completely free education, and have included other demands and issues over the past three weeks.

These include a decolonised curriculum and at CPUT free sanitary towels, among other demands.

The latest demand by CPUT students is that Nevhutalu step down.

A meeting on Friday ended when Nevhutalu left for a pressing appointment, to the annoyance of the students gathered.

A meeting between students and management was expected to be held on Monday to discuss resuming lectures, the activist said.

CPUT was among the institutions closed last Wednesday during the protests. Faeces was thrown into an auditorium on the campus.

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