Protests continue at some universities as classes resume at others

Some students have vowed to continue protests, saying a zero percent increase is not the final victory.

FILE. Thousands of university students across the country have been protesting against the proposed fee hike in their respective institutions. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - While most universities across the country resumed classes this week after the national ' Fees Must Fall' campaign, students at some institutions have vowed to continue with protest action, saying a zero percent increase is not the final victory.

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In Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape has called on protesting students to stop their demonstrations and go back to the negotiation table with management.

Students handed over a memorandum of demands to UWC Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius and Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Friday, amid protests.

Some of the institution's property was damaged in those demonstrations.

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Pretorius says they've tried to engage the group.

"The protesting students indicated that they simply wanted an opportunity to have a dialogue with the rector and the SRC despite the fact that such opportunities have been made available in the past."

However student Palesa Mcophela says Pretorius is dodging students.

"He needs to investigate some of the issues. We're waiting for him to come on Monday. Instead of him coming he been sending emails o emails to students as smear campaign against our Fees Must Fall movement."

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Meanwhile, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), some lecturers concerned about the tense stand-off are now trying to intervene in the impasse.

Staff member Muhammad Shaheed says, "They want us to help mediate. We've got an ear of the students there, we expect to mediate. This is not a violent mindless bunch carrying around matches and wanting to burn down things."

At the same time, in Pretoria, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is confident that all academic activities will resume on Monday, after the institution obtained a court interdict to ensure classes are not disrupted.

Spokesperson Willa de Ruyter says, "All activities at all TUT's campuses will resume on Monday 2 November. This is imperative because students need to prepare for their exams, which are only two weeks away, and complete the curriculum for the year."