Cape Town - DA leader Mmusi Maimane was on Tuesday set to “engage with students at the University of Cape Town to hear their plight”, according to his party’s Twitter page.

In his tweets earlier on Tuesday, Maimane said “University fees can't increase at these levels, #FeesMustFall. They are driven by lack of funding and grants to universities. #WhereIsBlade”

“The police are a competence of national government. Those suggesting that the WC gov sent the police is inaccurate. It's #blade and #nhleko”, Maimane tweeted.

Some students, however, are not convinced by his delayed move.

@Pat_Joel said: “@MmusiMaimane @IOL don't play the blame game now. We do not need such at this very moment.”

While @RhodesMustFall tweeted: @MmusiMaimane WARNING ?: DO NOT COME TO UCT.

On Tuesday UCT students continued their protest against a proposed increase in fees that started on Monday burning tyres and barricading entrances to the campus.

Police spokeswoman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that nine UCT students were arrested on Tuesday morning.

“One female and eight males were arrested for contravening the protection order the university obtained against the protest. More arrests are imminent.”

Besides setting up barricades, some students and university workers marched around campus, going from one dining hall to another, asking more students to join them.

On Monday night, a number of protest movements at the university were served with a court order from the Western Cape High Court which comes into effect on Tuesday.

UCT management said that due to the protest, all classes were suspended until further notice and the Upper, Middle and Lower Campus were inaccessible on Tuesday morning.


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