CPUT: Bellville students ordered to vacate residences, exams moved to January

Students at the Bellville campus need to vacate as a safety precaution, while all exams have been suspended.

FILE: Despite several interventions and talks with protesting groups, disruptions have continued. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) students in Bellville have been ordered to vacate residences as a safety precaution.

Earlier today, dozens of protesters from CPUT's Bellville campus brought the Cape Town Central Business District to a standstill after they were allegedly chased off the Cape Town campus by management.

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Students are calling for vice-chancellor Prins Nevhutalu's removal.

In a statement, Nevhutalu says the university has been "held hostage" by pockets of defiant students, "determined to make the university ungovernable."

Despite several interventions and talks with protesting groups, disruptions have continued.

Following a meeting earlier today, university management has resolved to suspend all exams until January.

Final year students will be notified of alternative arrangements by the end of the week.

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