UCT suspends classes due to student protests

By Songezo Ndlendle Time of article published Oct 26, 2017

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Classes were suspended at the University of Cape Town (UCT) campuses on Thursday and Friday as students again disrupted the academic programme.

Only the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Business are set to operate.

Classes were disrupted earlier on Thursday as students called on President Jacob Zuma to release a report on tuition fees.

According to UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola, the reason for the suspension of classes is primarily for the safety of students and staff and to avoid exposing staff and students to unacceptable disruptive behaviour.

“Blended learning models will be implemented where possible and course conveners will communicate further how teaching will continue off campus. 

"Course conveners will also communicate if and how tests and exams will continue and whether practicals and tutorials will proceed,” said Moholola.

UCT operations would remain open where safety allowed and line managers were set to make operational decisions on safety issues.

UCT has also confirmed that a private security firm was assisting Campus Protection Services (CPS) in securing buildings and monitoring the situation. 

The SAPS and Public Order Police were also on campus as a result of the blockages of public roads.

“The decision follows extensive disruptions and barricades this morning on entrance and exit roads causing severe delays in traffic on campus and surrounding areas,” Moholola added.

African News Agency

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