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5 UJ students suspended as exams resume

Despite protests at the institution’s Kingsway campus, exams will continue as scheduled today.

Students and workers protesting at the University of Johannesburg (UJ)  vowed not to leave the Kingsway campus until management addressed them. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Exams at the University Of Johannesburg (UJ) will resume as scheduled today despite protests at the institution's Kingsway campus.

#OccupyUJ The situation at the University of Johannesburg at the moment. DB. pic.twitter.com/cufTD7fNZz

Yesterday, protesting cleaning staff were forced off campus after causing disruptions at a library where students were preparing for exams.

The workers, along with some students, are calling for an end to outsourcing.

The university's Ihron Rensburg says there are 42,000 undergraduate students who can't afford to have the exams postponed or disrupted.

"Friday 6 November and again Saturday 7 November, those are big exam days."

However, SRC member Xolani Mkhaliphi has vowed that exams will not continue until all their demands are addressed.

"We're actually advocating now to say that exams can wait until our demands are met."

After agreeing to a zero percent fee increase and committing to insourcing workers, the university has called on those with additional demands to send representatives for talks.

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This morning, the university's Mpho Letlape confirmed that a lift on campus and a change room were damaged by fire yesterday, while attempts were also made to burn a bus.

"One of the students boarded the inter-campus bus with some petrol trying to set it alight."

It appears there was also an attempt to set fire to a residence in the middle of the night, which did not succeed.

FIVE SUSPENDED

The university says it has suspended five students for inciting violence during protests at the institution.

Rensburg says the demonstration endangered students' lives this week.

"Banging on the library doors, were 5,000 young people, who were studying for their exams. This caused us to evacuate the library on several occasions."

Letlape says those who have been suspended have threatened to jeopardise the safety of academic progress of non-protesting students.

"They incited other students to engage in violent activities, if management is not going to engage with them."

The university's SRC president Khutso Rammutla is among those who have been suspended.