UWC classes go ahead, but security guards on alert after protests

2016-02-18 16:00


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Cape Town - Classes were continuing at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Thursday, but security staff remained on high alert following protests earlier this week, the institution said.

This follows members of the UWC Fees Will Fall movement protesting on campus on Tuesday, in what it calls its anti-exclusion campaign.

The group demanded the abolition of registration fees, upfront payments and historical debt, while also calling for a resolution to the problem of residence shortfall, and that the privately-owned Kovacs residence rooms that are not in use be given to those still waiting for placement.

It also called for classes to be postponed until all the demands had been met.

The university executive responded, saying they would not suspend operations as it had already postponed the programme by two weeks because students who had not written their exams last year, due to disruptions, had written their final papers recently.

The university said that all its first years had already registered, as well as 80% of its senior students.

The accommodation problems, the executive said, were being experienced by all universities and UWC was trying to procure additional space off campus.

However, in a post on the UWC Fees Will Fall Facebook page on Thursday, the movement dismissed the university's response as "false claims, inflated percentages and common evasion of responsibility".

It said it would be collecting evidence to back up it's accusations.

"The movement calls upon all students who are affected by the above to come to our #UWCFeesWillFall stall in front of the student centre where we will document particulars..." the post said.

"We will today be visiting Student Credit Management, Res Life and Financial Aid queues looking to collect this evidence in order to intensify our ?#‎AntiExclusion? campaign."

However UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said campus was "very quiet" on Thursday morning.

Security guards who had been on the scene during the protests remained on campus, he said, and were on high alert should protests erupt again.

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