Academic activities suspended at CPUT

On Tuesday, protesters broke windows & damaged university property.

FILE: CPUT students discussing whether they should commence with the shutdown on Wednesday or not. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi/Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - Classes and work has once again been suspended at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s Bellville campus today following continued protests.

On Monday evening, student leaders and management agreed to several resolutions following the Fees Must Fall campaign, including that all work may continue without any disruptions.

This agreement was broken yesterday when a group of protesters chased students and staff out of buildings in an attempt to once again shut down the campus.

Protesters have broken windows and damaged university property, including tipping over cars, during the protests.

CPUT's spokesperson Lauren Kansley says, "CPUT chair of Council Mbulelo Bikwani met the students leadership and a number of agreements were reached.

"These include that all university activities will be suspended on Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursday delegation of five students will convey their grievances to council directly."

UCT students have called for an end to outsourcing and have blocked off entrances to main and upper campuses.

As with previous protests, demonstrators were burning rubbish strewn on roads leading to the campuses.

Earlier on Tuesday, CPUT's management said a group of students broke an agreement to allow work to continue on campus today.

This came after student leaders and management agreed on several resolutions on Monday night.


Wits University has confirmed that a number of fires were started on its Braamfontein campus overnight, with at least two vehicles torched and an attempt to set alight a bookshop in the student centre.

The university says it's had to call in security reinforcements this morning, while police and emergency services are also on standby.

Wits will be reopening its doors today after days of 'Fees Must Fall' protests.

The university says academic activities will resume today and has condemned, what it says are cowardly acts of vandalism.

The institution says it's studying surveillance footage to determine who's behind the arson and says it's too early to say if it's linked to a group of students who want the protests over fees to continue.