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Maties Vice Chancellor given deadline to respond to student demands

Students occupied the library from Monday this week in protest of the impending fee increase.

FILE: University of Stellenbosch. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of Stellenbosch students will continue to occupy the Stellenbosch University buildings on campus in protest of the impending fee increase.

Students and the university vice chancellor Wim de Villiers had a five-hour long meeting, with students raising various issues.

It includes their treatment by security officers who forcibly removed them from the main library yesterday following a protest against fees.

Maties students have given Stellenbosch university rector Wim de Villiers until 1pm this coming Friday to respond to a long list of grievances and demands.

Students occupied the library from Monday this week in protest of the impending fee increase.

Ashanti Kunene, a student as the university, says various issued were addressed, but many remain unresolved.

"We asked about issues around fee access, we asked him to account for the violence that was shown towards us yesterday. There were a lot of issues that came up and our rector tried his best to answer."

Kunene says students will continue to occupy Wilcox building on campus until de Villiers returns with suitable solutions to their grievances.

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