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‘UWC SRC is in cahoots with university management’

The students claim management has made an about turn on some of their demands.

FILE: Forming a barricade with fencing and burning furniture and rubbish, students stood off against police at the University of the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of the Western Cape (UWC) students have accused the Student Representative Council (SRC) of being in cahoots with university management.

The students claim management has made an about turn on some of their demands.

They say this decision has led to the protests, vandalism and clashes with police this week.

Some UWC students have accused the SRC of not being on their side.

"We don't trust the SRC and we don't believe they are representing the students' voice in that position. We believe that they are in bed with management."

But SRC president Akhona Landu disagrees.

"As SRC, we've always called for peace while we try to solve the issues."

Protesting UWC students now claim the university's council is not fulfilling a promise to abide by some additional demands, including the writing off of historical debt.

WATCH: UWC protest damage 'likely to cost millions'

Meanwhile, protesting students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) say their demands are not unreasonable.

Yesterday, a peaceful student gathering turned violent when protesters started throwing rocks at an administration building.

Police lobbed stun grenades and fired rubber bullets.

Protesters are demanding the institution meets with them to discuss their demands.

"That's the problem; we want our historical debts to be cleared. That's it."

CPUT protesters' demands are similar to those of UWC students who also want management to scrap all historical debt.

The CPUT protesters claim management is unwilling to meet with them, but the institution says this is not true.

Twenty-five students were arrested during yesterday's violent protests at the Bellville campus.

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