CPUT cancels final exams for 2015

CPUT management say ongoing protests & vandalism make it hard for the institution to carry on.

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

CAPE TOWN - Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students will not be writing exams at all this year.

Some students had begun writing final assessments at the institution's Wellington campus and at the Wingfield Military Base.

But CPUT's senate yesterday decided to call off examinations until January.

This is following the vandalism of an exam venue at its Bellville campus.

CPUT's Lauren Kansley said the ongoing protests and vandalism made it hard for the institution to carry on with exams as planned.

"The continued state of violence and damage to our staff and students could no longer be tolerated and we apologise to the affected students."

At the same time 43 protesters arrested during clashes with police will appear in the Bellville Magistrates Court today.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley said according to information, the students are from the Cape Town campus.

It's u nderstood they travelled to the Bellville campus by train.

"Stun grenades were also thrown at the Bellville campus earlier in the day to disperse a group of students that gathered outside the residence who started collecting rocks and stones."

She said they were prevented from entering the premises.

They face charges of public violence and participating in an illegal gathering.

THE AFTERMATH

At the same time, Western Cape universities have begun counting the costs in the wake of devastating protests linked to the Fees Must Fall campaign.

Demonstrators caused widespread damage at various institutions demanding an end to outsourcing and the scrapping of student debt.

Last week, students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and CPUT were asked to vacate residences as a safety precaution.

Universities across the province will have to dig deep to repair several vandalised buildings.

UWC said damage done at the institution's Bellville campus is estimated at between R10 and R12 million.