#UWC: Suspending lectures will compromise academic programme

The Fees Will Fall movement staged a protest at UWC before handing over a memorandum to management.

The University of Western Cape. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Officials at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) say suspending lectures will compromise the entire year's academic programme.

Demonstrators affiliated to UWC's Fees Will Fall movement staged a protest at the institution yesterday and handed over a memorandum to management.

One of the demands is that lectures be put on hold for a week to allow unregistered students to register.

Fees Will Fall member Monde Nonabe said, "It is where the haves have commenced with classes and the have nots have been queuing for over two weeks to get into the students residence. They've been trying to get themselves cleared and the university has permitted lectures at all faculties to commence, and that's a violation on its own."

The university said it's already postponed the start of the academic year by two weeks.

Listen: Prof Vievienne Lawack, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UWC

Last year the UWC was gripped by tense and violent protests with untold damage caused.

In fact, it's estimated that the cost of the damage at the institution's Bellville campus is between R10 million and R12 million.

Classes and exams were interrupted and eventually cancelled, and the campus itself sustained widespread damage all over.