UCT cam­pus van­dalised af­ter re­jec­tion of de­mands

Observer on Saturday - - News - African News Agency

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.

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