Saturday, September 17, 2016

UCT students calling for support around Western Cape

Nontando Mafanya
17 September 2016

Protesting University of Cape Town students have called on fellow students across the Western Cape to boost their efforts in protesting against the suspension of students on campus.

Student activists this week interrupted campus activities during solidarity demonstrations on campus, for three students who appeared before a disciplinary court.

The hearings relate to unlawful activities during the so-called Shackville protests in February.

They say a forced varsity shutdown is expected, until university management notices their demands.

UCT, however, says while it's willing to engage with the students, little can been done if no formal demands are submitted to its executive.

So far, talks between university officials and protesting students have reached an stand-off, with students expected to occupy the Steve Biko Students’ Union Building indefinitely.



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