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UCT classes have not been cancelled despite ongoing protests

The protest is apparently in solidarity with three students, whose cases are being heard by management.

University of Cape Town. Picture: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - A protest at University of Cape Town (UCT) is ongoing, however, management says no classes have been cancelled.

The protest is reportedly in solidarity with three students, whose cases are being heard by the university's student disciplinary tribunal today.

The hearings relates to unlawful activities during the so-called Shackville protests in February.

The universities Elijah Moholola says, "At this stage the executive of UCT has not yet been formally notified by the protesting group over what the issues are. However, the executive is committed to engaging with all students, groups and any other stakeholders on any matter."

Moholola says the charges against the three students include acts of violence, arson and vandalism.

"And these cases included first of acts of violence and vandalism. While UCT supports legitimate protest action that's peaceful and nonviolent, the university is taking action against a small group of protesters who are believed to have been involved in unlawful actions."