UFS classes to continue despite protests

2016-10-10 18:06
Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – The University of the Free State will continue with academic activities despite ongoing protests, it said on Monday.

Academic activities resumed on all its three campuses and the university has not been closed, said spokesperson Lacea Loader in a statement.

Earlier on Monday a group of students disrupted classes and tests on the Bloemfontein campus.

About 20 students were reportedly arrested.

"The academic programme is, however, continuing and the university management has put all necessary and reasonable arrangements in place to safeguard staff, students, and its campuses," Loader said.

Security personnel used paintball guns to disperse the protesting group outside computer labs at the university's main campus.

'I just want to finish'

Despite the protests, some students said they had attended classes without any disruptions.

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said the protest was a waste of time.

"I am panicking right now. I attended classes this morning and one class was cancelled. This is my final year and I just want to finish," she said.

Free Education Movement leader Asive Dlanjwa said they had met with management where they called for the removal of police on campus and for management to engage with students.

They also wanted management to lift a court interdict.

"Management said if we stop the shutdown then they will release the arrested students. We will not be intimidated or side-tracked.

"We have come too far to turn back. Nothing has changed. We will discuss the way forward with the students," he said.

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