CPUT calm after sporadic protests

The situation at the Bellville campus is calmer after classes were cancelled due to threats of protests.

FILE: CPUT's Bellville campus. Picture:Monique Mortlock /EWN

CAPE TOWN - The situation at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) campus in Bellville has calmed down after some classes were cancelled due to the threat of violent protests.

There have been sporadic protests by students since last Friday.

Students are demanding blanket registration for anyone owing outstanding fees, especially those awaiting money from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Prins Nevhutalu.

CPUT's council, management and student representatives stepped into a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss the ongoing protests and student grievances.

The institution's management council chairperson Mbulelo Bikwani said they wanted to assist aggrieved students, but condemned the vandalism on buildings, including the stoning of windows earlier this week.

Bikwani hoped the meeting would put an end to the unrest.

A group continued protesting outside the Food Technology building on Friday, where police kept a watchful eye.