UWC student protesters clash with police, security

2016-11-07 21:03
Clashes have marred the start of exams at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Clashes have marred the start of exams at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Clashes broke out between police, campus security and University of the Western Cape (UWC) students on Monday afternoon, with a campus vehicle being overturned and graffiti spray painted on buildings.

Exams started at four off-campus venues on Monday morning, but when shuttles arrived to transport students to these locations, protesters tried to stop them from leaving.

Police and protesters on Monday afternoon faced off at the student residences, with protesters throwing rocks at authorities.

A number of windows at residences were broken, bottles and rocks lay scattered in the vicinity, and messages in red and black spray paint were scrawled across the walls.

Security personnel warned all those entering the campus that they did so at their own risk.

Exams, nevertheless, continued uninterrupted at the four off-campus venues, the university confirmed.

Free, quality, black-centred education

READ: UWC exams off to volatile start

In September, when a fresh wave of university protests started, UWC students submitted a memorandum detailing their demands.

Top of the list was free, quality, black-centred education.

They wanted all student debts to be cleared and registration and application fees to be scrapped.

Other concerns related to safety and the affordability of accommodation, study materials and clinics.

Students also demanded free sanitary pads and 10GB of free data per month for those living off campus.

Wi-Fi and internet access are already free on campus.

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