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CPUT suspends all academic activities until next year

The institution has been hit by violent protests which have forced officials to close campus early this year.

Police arrest protesting students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville Campus. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has suspended all academic activities until next year.

Students will only sit for their exams in January.

The institution has been hit by violent protests which have forced officials to close campus early this year.

Student protests spilled over into the Cape Town CBD after dozens of students were allegedly chased off CPUT's Cape Town campus by management.

The institution has ordered students to vacate residences on the Bellville campus for safety reasons.

Staff have also been advised not to report for duty as a precautionary measure amid ongoing demonstrations.

Spokesperson Lauren Kansley said, "To ensure the safety of staff and students, security university management has decided to clear all the residences across all the campuses. Residents student have been asked to vacate the premises, the latest by 4pm on Wednesday."

Last week, protesters clashed with public order police.

The institution obtained an interim court order over the weekend in an effort to prevent more violence.

But students have vowed to intensify demonstrations until management heads their demands, among them, the removal of the university's vice-chancellor Prins Nevhutalu.

In a statement, Nevhutalu said the university is being "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.

UWC STUDENTS ARRESTED

Three students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have been arrested for allegedly being in possession of suspected stolen property.

Police are also searching for arsonists after two buildings, including a residence and residence administration, were set alight at UWC on Monday.

The university, which has been the scene of sporadic protests in recent weeks, is currently on lockdown.

The police's Andre Traut said, "On Monday, at approximately 08:33am, three male students were arrested at UWC campus for being in possession of suspected stolen property. They will remain detained until their court appearance later this week."