UCT campus vandalised after rejection of demands
C APE TOWN - Violent protests spread to UCT as chaos erupted after a group of students blocked entrances, slashed the tyres of buses and flung human faeces in a lecture hall.
Protests followed the angry reaction from students to the university management’s rejection of their demands handed over at a mass assembly on Wednesday.
Vice-Chancellor Max Price called the urgent assembly at the request of the outgoing Student Representative Council after a council meeting last week.
Price said six people were arrested – their status as students was unconfirmed following the blocking of entrances on the campus and the vandalism of buses.
Student activist Simone Cornelius said that students’ demands included a 0% fee increase to be pronounced by an emergency Council Sitting, before exams begin next week.
“What has happened on campus was a reaction to the university management’s actions and what may happen going forward will be determined by their actions. "Yesterday (Wednesday) we submitted our demands and also asked them to shut down the university for one day, assist us with buses and march to Parliament which they rejected,” said Cornelius. She said students were let down by this decision as they wanted a unified front to go to Parliament and hold government accountable. The university’s proposed fee increases, which have not yet been approved, is an eight per cent tuition fee increase, and a 10 per cent residence fee increase.