Vi­o­lence at CPUT en­ters its 4th day, 28 charged

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lon­wabo Marele

VI­O­LENCE en­tered the fourth day af­ter pri­vate se­cu­rity guards dis­rupted a stu­dent gath­er­ing near the Saden­burg res­i­dence at the Cape Penin­sula Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s Cape Town cam­pus yes­ter­day.

The Multi Pur­pose Hall, an exam venue at the CPUT Cape Town cam­pus, was al­legedly burnt by protest­ing stu­dents.

This af­ter po­lice con­firmed they had ap­pre­hended 28 sus­pects, al­legedly staff of a se­cu­rity com­pany at the in­sti­tu­tion’s Cape Town cam­pus, for be­ing un­reg­is­tered as well as for fraud un­der the Psira Act 56/2001.

“The sus­pects are due to ap­pear in court once charged,” po­lice spokesper­son FC van Wyk said.

At the in­sti­tu­tion’s Jour­nal­ism and Pub­lic Re­la­tions build­ing in Roe­land Street in the city cen­tre, a clash be­tween stu­dents and pri­vate se­cu­rity guards led to a com­puter lab be­ing dam­aged.

A stu­dent leader was adamant they would not at­tend the in­stal­la­tion of Thandi Modise as chan­cel­lor at CPUT’s Bel­lville cam­pus.

One of the stu­dents, who wanted his name to be with­held, said: “We were in­vited by (Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Blade) Nz­i­mande to at­tend the cer­e­mony in Bel­lville. We will not go there.

“It is a trap and they want us to go there so they can say we dis­rupted the cer­e­mony. We want to meet with the (act­ing) vice-chan­cel­lor and re­solve th­ese mat­ters.”

An­other stu­dent, who also wanted her name with­held, said: “I was sup­posed to write to­day. I wanted to write and get it over and done with.”

On Mon­day, an in­dus­trial de­sign work­shop build­ing was burnt down, forc­ing all busi­ness and en­gi­neer­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to be sus­pended.

Yes­ter­day pro­test­ers dis­rupted classes at the Mow­bray cam­pus, forc­ing a shut­down un­til fur­ther no­tice, the univer­sity con­firmed.

Stu­dents and work­ers have been protest­ing for rea­sons in­clud­ing: the lift­ing of the sus­pen­sions of four stu­dents (Ayakha Magxothwa, Sivuyise No­lusu, Neo Mon­gale and Lukhanyo Vanqa); the clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the in­sourced worker con­tracts; the re­lease of two stu­dents (aged 18 and 26) who were al­legedly ar­rested by po­lice at Sir Lowry Road near New Mar­ket Junc­tion on Tues­day.

Act­ing vice-chan­cel­lor Dr Chris Nh­lapo said: “While protests were dis­rup­tive, univer­sity man­age­ment were de­ter­mined that the ma­jor­ity of staff and stu­dents should be able to com­plete as­sess­ments and a full work­ing day. A sec­ond pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pany has been brought on board to as­sist in sta­bil­is­ing the sit­u­a­tion. Stu­dents are re­quested to make con­tact with their lec­tur­ers for more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about their in­di­vid­ual cour­ses.”

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the univer­sity said the mat­ter be­tween CPUT and the four sus­pended stu­dents, and all other per­sons tres­pass­ing, un­law­fully con­duct­ing them­selves or un­law­fully oc­cu­py­ing any por­tion or build­ing or res­i­dences and the Min­is­ter of Po­lice will be heard to­day at the Western Cape High Court.

Picture: FACE­BOOK

DAM­AGED: CPUT class­rooms and equip­ment were dam­aged dur­ing the protests.

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