UWC & CPUT on total shutdown

Higher learning institutions have been hit by a wave of violent protests following the #FeesMustFall campaign.

FILE: Students watch as police arrest a protesting student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville Campus. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Violent student protest have led to the total shutdown of the University of Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Students at UWC and CPUT have been ordered to vacate residences.

Higher learning institutions have been hit by a wave of violent protests following the ' Fees Must Fall' campaign which started in September.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kasley says violent protests erupted at the Bellville Campus today, in reaction to a deadline for students to vacate residences by 4pm tomorrow.

"Protesters set fire to our financial aid offices for the second time. Bookstores at our Cape Town and Wellington campuses were also looted."

CPUT has blamed protesting students for once again setting fire to its financial building.

Kansley says, "It's currently quiet on campus, nothing has happened as yet. This morning exams continued as normal at an outside venue and everything went well. The students who are writing today are about to complete their exams for the day."

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UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo says the university has also told students to leave.

"Students have until Thursday to leave, especially those who are not writing during November and December."

UWC says alternative arrangements will be made for students writing exams in the next few weeks.

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