Fort Hare Centenary celebrations continue despite threat of disruptions

There were demonstrations moments before President Jacob Zuma's arrival at the Alice campus.

President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe made their way through the University of Fort Hare sports complex and onto stage to the singing and cheering of the audience. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

FORT HARE - Centenary celebrations at Fort Hare University continue despite attempts to disrupt proceedings by protesting students.

There were demonstrations moments before President Jacob Zuma's arrival at the Alice campus.

WATCH: Zuma and Mugabe arrive at Fort Hare.

Students have been locked in running battles with police for three days.

Some student organisations including SACO, DASO and the EFF student command want to put pressure on university management to address student debt issues.

Students have taken their protest to the doorstep of the Sport Complex, where the president is expected to deliver his speech shortly.

LISTEN: Centenary celebrations start at Fort Hare.

Police have been trying to quell tensions on campus since violent protests erupted on Wednesday night.

Zuma and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe are among the dignitaries attending the event to pay homage to the institution's role in fostering African leaders like the university's first graduate, Z.K Matthews.

Matthews's granddaughter is Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.