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2016-09-20
#Fees2017 – UCT students against recommended 8% increase


Cape Town – 20 September 2016

UCT students gathered from 6am outside the Tugwell bus station on the lower campus,in order to mobilise behind their demands for a #UCTshutdown. Protesting students declared that they would bring the institution to a standstill if their demands were not met.

The protesting students capsized a few bins and a student’s vehicle was used to blockade the road so that the Jammie Shuttle and other vehicles could not pass through.SAPS vehicles eventually blocked both ends of the street and police officers monitored the situation from a safe distance.

Starting at the Leo Marquad Hall residence,protesters then went from residence to residence,trying to rally further support.Most students seemed to be attending classes at usual at the campus,with many simply bypassing the protesters.

Students then started making their way to the Upper Campus near the Sports Centre in Woolsack Drive.On arrival the students were met by campus security in full riot gear.The security officials could be heard making derogatory remarks to the students.Both the security and a few of the students were hostile towards the media,with one student asking our reporter to “verify” his identity.

In Woolsack Drive the road was barricaded with canoes and other debris the students could find close by.SAPS members arrived and with the assistance of private security,the barricade was removed.SAPS Colonel Nel,stationed at Wynberg SAPS,threatened reporters at the scene and refused to engage with students.

The students were due to meet management of the university at 1pm.However,before the meeting could take place,the institution released a statement postponing the meeting.The statement also announced that all academic activity at the university for the rest of the day and tomorrow has ben suspended.

A student leader proposed that protesters march to parliament on Wednesday 21 September,as the treasury was due to have a meeting in parliament tomorrow.

By Wesley Fester

 

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