Protests continue at several universities
Students are pushing ahead with their protests, saying all all their demands have not been met.
CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Several universities remain closed today as students continue to protest, despite the freeze on fee increases for the 2016 academic year.
Students who had mobilised under the banner Fees Must Fall are continuing protests because not all of their demands have been met.
This includes an end to the outsourcing of workers, which has been a burning issue at both Wits University and the University of Cape Town.
At the University of the Western Cape, despite classes having gone ahead this morning, the university said they'd allow a small group of demonstrators to continue the #FeesMustFall protest.
The institution's Luthando Tyhalibongo says a small group of students have indicated they'll continue demonstrating.
"The university has taken the decision to allow that group to continue with protests, and have asked the group to continue peacefully.
In the last hour however, the crowd has swelled with reports of academics and some staff members also joining the protest.
UWC Professor Maryna de Kock said, "They were post graduate students and then an extra group of students came in. They were all wearing EFF berets and they just asked us to leave the building. There was no violence and there was no pushing or shoving. Everybody just packed up very quickly, we closed our offices and we took the stairs."
All Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) campuses are closed until further notice because of the continued threat of protests, while the University of Cape Town is closed all of this week.
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In Gauteng, Wits and the Tshwane University of Technology have also suspended academic activities.
In the meantime, a meeting is taking place at Wits University this afternoon to decide on the way forward after lectures and exams were suspended.
It's understood students are divided about whether or not protest action must continue.
The university's Shirona Patel says senate is now meeting to discuss the academic programme.
"What senate has to decide on today is first, the ongoing protests and secondly they will look at the academic programme. They will determine when it will commence and they will determine when examinations will start. So that decision ultimately lies in the hands of senate."
Elsewhere in the country, all Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NNMU) and University of the Free State campuses are open.
However, a meeting is expected to begin at the NMMU in the next hour to enable a dialogue between the students and vice-chancellor Derrick Swart. This comes after academic programmes were disrupted at the institution.
Meanwhile, just hours after the University of Pretoria resumed its academic programme, it's had to cancel classes for the day after demonstrating students disrupted lectures and occupied an administration building.
About 100 students occupied the university's Client Service Centre, the main entrance to the institution, while smaller groups have disrupted lectures.
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In a letter sent to management, the students said they are dissatisfied with the way their demands were addressed.
They said management's letter responding to Friday's protest did not reflect any binding commitment to meet all of their demands.
The students have now demanded that Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey meet with them at the Client Service Centre.
While university management has not yet responded to questions, it's understood they are meeting to discuss the latest developments.