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#UCT: Cops use stun grenades to quell overnight protests

Protesters went on a rampage & torched two Jammie Shuttles over a shortage of student accommodation.

Protesting #RhodesMustFall students blocked Rondebosch Main Road in Cape Town before being dispersed by police. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – Police used stun grenades to disperse protesting students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) last night.


Demonstrators went on the rampage, torching and stoning two Jammie Shuttle buses.

This morning, police are still on the scene, but it’s quiet at Upper and Middle campuses. 

It remains to be seen if protests will erupt again. 

UCT management says several students have been arrested following the chaos that erupted overnight. 

It says it’s in the process of obtaining a court interdict against leaders of Rhodes Must Fall, who are leading the demonstrations.

The university's Elijah Moholola says, “We’ve had situations where certain acts were dealt with. We’ve had about eight arrests that were made as well. We have about the same number of students who are going to be suspended after they were identified for their involvement in such unlawful actions.”

WATCH: UCT protesters dispersed with stun grenades & rubber bullets

 

Last night, a vehicle was also set alight. Paintings were also burned as students vented their anger over a shortage of residence accommodation. 

Tensions erupted when police were called in to disassemble a mock shack that had been erected on campus.

A charred black mark is all that remains of irreplaceable portraits of what the protesters called 'white colonialists, looking at them.'

Firefighters extinguish a Jammie Shuttle that was torched by protesting #RhodesMustFall students at UCT. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

UCT’s Gerda Kruger says they will now seek legal action.

After being dispersed with stun grenades, some protesters seem unclear about what the next step will be.

Some students who looked on during the destructive demonstrations are calling on university management to find a speedy resolution to bring the protests to an end.

Protesting #RhodesMustFall students dance around rubbish bins they set alight to create a barricade for police. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
Meanwhile, student accommodation group Stag African says it will cost around R120 billion to cover the shortfall in campus accommodation nationally.

The organisation's John Schooling says around 600,000 students can't be accommodated this year.

“The consequences are pretty dire. If you’re in good accommodation – particularly first year – you have an 80 percent chance of passing. If you’re not in campus accommodation that figure drops down to as little as 30 to 40 percent.” 

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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