Students resume protests at Fort Hare ahead of Zuma’s arrival

Students have vowed to disrupt the programme over the university's handling of their financial aid problems.

Standoff between police and Fort Hare University students. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Students have resumed demonstrations at Fort Hare University ahead of President Jacob Zuma's arrival for the institution's centenary event.

Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe are expected to deliver the keynote address at the Alice campus this afternoon.

Students have vowed to disrupt the programme over the university's handling of their financial aid problems.

LISTEN: Centenary celebrations start at Fort Hare amid student protests.

Protesting students have barricaded the university entrance.

WATCH: Zuma and Mugabe at Fort Hare University.

Brandishing placards that read "100 years of poverty" and "we are hungry", they've escalated their protests against the university's handling of issues relating to financial aid and student debts.

"The centenary celebrations are a spit in our faces because they are celebrating while we are hungry."

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