UWC intends taking Saps to court after clashes

Police used rubber bullets & stun grenades to disperse hundreds of students in Bellville.

CPUT students joined the chorus of protesting students across the country calling for universities to stop their proposed fee hike. Picture Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have threatened to take the police to court after they were shot with rubber bullets and stun grenades during violent clashes.

Scores of students from different universities across the country have been marching against fee hikes.

The #FeesMustFall Campaign has seen a number of tertiary institutions come to a standstill this week as students protest against proposed tuition fee hikes.

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The protests are to show university management that there must be a zero percent increase to next year's fees and an end to exorbitant increases to tuition fees.

Bellville #FeesMustFall The current situation at UWC. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/XY8zxJ9pym

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) October 22, 2015 They had started the protest after attempts to meet vice chancellor Tyrone Pretorius failed.

The students claim they have a case because they believe police were in violation of a Western Cape High Court order when they used force against them.

Student Lindokuhle Mandyoli says they staged a non-violent sit-in and did not cause disruptions.

"It's disheartening because before they give us these warnings we tell them about our struggle and we don't understand why they want to use force against us."

#FeesMustFall A student leader suggests the group get their books and occupy the student centre overnight. XK pic.twitter.com/CJySG1Dcnp

At least six students were injured in the clashes with three of them reportedly breaking their arms.

#FeesMustFall 1st year UWC student Sibusiwe Butsaka dislocated her shoulder while fleeing from police. MM pic.twitter.com/hFg2SSHkSv


UWC students are expected to disrupt a meeting between the SRC and the institution's vice chancellor today.

Hundreds of students will continue protests ahead of a meeting between the SRC Pretorius.

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Mandyoli says they want to be part of that meeting.

"We demand that the meeting does not sit with the SRC alone but the vice chancellor must come out and listen to our pain, frustrations and know how disappointed we are."

A mass meeting between protesting students from universities across the province is expected to take place in Cape Town this afternoon.

At the meeting students are planning to plot the next steps forward for the campaign.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Vice Chancellor Prins Nevhutali says the institution backs students' calls for fee increases to be scrapped.

A mass meeting at the institution's Cape Town campus was cut short yesterday when Nevhutali was booed and chased off campus.

Despite being chased off campus by students he says the institution still supports their demands.

He's urged students to wait for outcomes of discussions happening at a national level.

Nevhutalu says a council meeting to discuss the on-going student concerns will take place over the weekend.

In the meantime he has requested students to focus their energies on preparing for upcoming exams.