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UCT students vow to continue protesting

The group is determined to occupy the student union building until management addresses their grievances.

Students blockade the road leading to the University of Cape Town's Upper Campus. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have vowed to occupy the student union building until the university heeds their demands.

The group today barred access to the university's upper campus during solidarity demonstrations for three students who appeared before a disciplinary hearing.

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

Protesting students have called on the university to withdraw charges against the three suspended students and use a TRC-like process on campus to before the end of the year.

SRC president Rorisang Moseli said, "The broad struggle is around free education and issues at UCT where students are calling for the return of expelled students."

The group is determined to occupy the student union building until management addresses their grievances.

The three students were suspended earlier this year after a plea bargain process related to the Shackville protests.

The trio have been summoned to appear before a tribunal for their role in the campus protests.

The university says there is still no outcome.