Cape Town - Academic activities have been suspended at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Pretoria (UP) for the remaining week.
UCT spokersperson Nombuso Shabalala said the suspension is aimed to give the campus community time for reflection and healing. "The UCT executive have made a decision that no academic classes or tests will take place on Thursday and Friday. Exceptions will be made for activities that cannot be cancelled."
Shabalala said it has been an emotional day for the UCT community and for wider South African society, "with several protest events rising up against sexual and gender-based violence in this country".
She said since the beginning of the week, staff and students have been gathering in separate vigils, prayer circles and small groups to remember Uyinene ‘Nene’ Mrwetyana.
"A mass picket to Parliament this morning swelled to over 3 000 people when members of the public joined staff and students in solidarity against sexual and gender-based violence".