Fort Hare University students vow to intensify protests

They have vowed to intensify their demonstrations until management adequately addresses their demands.

Protesting students block the front gate, facing down police. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Fort Hare University students say they will continue to put pressure on university management to address their financial struggles.

Students have been protesting for several days leading up to the university's centenary celebrations today.

They have vowed to intensify their demonstrations until management adequately addresses their demands.

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Students tried to disrupt celebrations at the Alice campus, but were continuously stopped by police blockades.

The demonstrators were not deterred by a heavy police presence and the threat of arrest.

Student leader Thandikhaya Matokazi says they were forced to take their protest to the event venue to highlight their plight.

Students have rejected management's claims that the matter is near resolution, despite several closed-door meetings this week.