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WC universities on high alert this week

Last week UCT & UWC students took part in violent protests over accommodation, outsourcing & registration.

Protesting #RhodesMustFall students blocked Rondebosch Main Road in Cape Town before being dispersed by police. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Some tertiary institutions across the Western Cape are on high alert in the event of flare-ups of violent protests this week.

Last week, students at several universities across the country demonstrated.

At the University of Cape Town (UCT) demonstrations started over a shortage of accommodation, while at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) students protested over various issues including outsourcing and registration fees.

UWC's Luthando Tyhalibongo says classes have resumed without any incidents, despite a handful of students who protested last week.

Tyhalibongo says security will remain tight at the institution.

At UCT, the situation has been tense following violent protests by members of the Rhodes Must Fall movement.

WATCH: UCT protesters dispersed with stun grenades & rubber bullets.

It resulted in several students being arrested and being provisionally suspended from the campus.

UCT's Vice-Chancellor Max Price says while he supports the movement's cause, he cannot allow violent protests on campus.

Meanwhile the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)'s Lauren Kansley says extra security has been deployed and no incidents have been reported.

LISTEN: #UWC: Damage estimations & plan for 2016

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