Two UWC residences damaged in arson incidents

2015-11-16 10:48
Riot police at UWC last week. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Riot police at UWC last week. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town – Three more students were arrested at the University of the Western Cape’s Bellville campus on Monday after two residences were set alight.

UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo confirmed that the Kovacs and Res 1 residences were damaged in incidents of arson.

Protests were also ongoing at the Chris Hani residence.

Earlier on Monday, protesters prevented traffic from entering the campus.

Campus was closed and activities had been suspended. Only final year students were writing exams at an off-campus location.

The university issued a statement on its website on Friday saying it is deeply concerned about the continuation of the examinations in the current format.

“The latest developments at CPUT [Cape Peninsula University of Technology] which threatened to spill over to UWC, together with many claims made by the protesting students, in meetings and on various social media platforms that allow examinations to take place, have necessitated the university management to deliberate over their decision to continue with examinations on Monday, 16 November 2016.

“The university has in an attempt to ensure the safety of our students, management, together with deans, deputy deans, other senior academics from the faculties, and endorsed by Senate Executive Committee... considered alternative ways to allow students to complete this academic year.

“We acknowledge that this is not ideal, however, given the abnormality of the situation we have no option but to offer students an opportunity that will avoid any personal harm,” said the registrar’s office.  

The graduation ceremonies scheduled for December 11 have also been cancelled.

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