UPDATE: UCT shuts down all lectures, libraries due to ongoing protests

UCT’s Pat Lucas says the university is monitoring the situation closely on the Upper Campus.

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

CAPE TOWN - All lectures at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been cancelled for the day following student protests on campus.

UCT also says its libraries, including the study areas, have been closed until further notice.

A group of protesters this morning blocked off access to the Lower Campus.

UCT's Pat Lucas says the university is monitoring the situation closely.

Earlie Lucas said, "The University of Cape Town is monitoring protests on Upper Campus where groups of protesters are going into lecture halls. Lecturers may decide to suspend their classes until they can reconvene."

This morning, UCT called on students not to interfere with the disciplinary process involving three students.

The trio appeared before a hearing off campus yesterday, relating to the #FeesMustFall protests earlier this year.

There was a demonstration yesterday in support of the suspended students.

In a statement, UCT says it has instituted action against the three students, who allegedly committed criminal acts during protests earlier this year.

The university also stressed the hearing should not be interfered with and needs to be completed.

Protesting students are however dissatisfied with the disciplinary action, and are calling for suspended, interdicted and expelled students, who participated in #FeesMustFall protests earlier this year, to be allowed to return.

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Two students were expelled earlier this year, after a plea bargain process in which they admitted guilt.

They are however appealing the sanction with a final outcome yet to be determined.