UWC joins UCT in closing for the week

2016-10-05 16:42
Students and police clash on the UWC campus during the 2015 protests. (Netwerk24)

Students and police clash on the UWC campus during the 2015 protests. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – The University of the Western Cape has followed on the heels of the University of Cape Town in deciding to suspend all classes for the rest of the week.

The decisions were made by the universities’ executives.

UWC said it would re-evaluate the situation and update students and staff by the weekend.

"Management will continue their efforts to engage with the incoming Student Representative Council and the broader student structures to work collectively towards resolving the current situation."

It planned to resume its programme on Monday.

UCT said the situation on campus was reaching a point "where we are at risk of serious conflict and escalating violence".

It felt it would not be able to contain the situation without a very large increase in security and police intervention.

"This would only serve to make matters worse and may lead to injury and even lives being at risk."

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said a suspension of classes would remain in place tomorrow, but that staff would still be required to be at work.

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