UWC to assess damage caused by protesting students

A group of students ran amok yesterday, damaging parts of the institution, including the admin building.

UWC students dance around burning tinder as they await the rector's speech regarding tuition fee increases. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of the Western Cape (UWC) authorities will today begin assessing the extent of damage caused by protesting students.

A group of students ran amok on Friday afternoon, damaging several parts of the institution, including the admin building.

UWC Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius says that during the chaos he was trapped inside the building with Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba.

"Since I was trapped in the building together with the Archbishop and others, it was very difficult to assess the extent of the damage."

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Meanwhile, in the Eastern Cape the Walter Sisulu University says it's considering postponing exams after ongoing demonstrations at its East London campus.

A group of students are now demanding that some expelled students be re-enrolled, and that the institution fire a staff member.

The campus is still on lockdown.

The university's Thando Cezula says management will meet soon to discuss a date for exams.

"The exams were supposed to be on 9 November, but now as a university we have to take in the days that were lost due to the protest and consult the schedule and see whether it's necessary for us to change the exam schedule."

Cezula says the institution is trying to resolve the matter.