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UCT students call for greater support in protest against suspensions

Student activists this week interrupted campus activities during solidarity demonstrations on campus.

UCT's library was closed and lectures suspended amid protests. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have called on fellow students across the Western Cape to bolster their efforts in protesting against the suspension of students on campus.

Student activists this week interrupted campus activities during solidarity demonstrations on campus, for three students who appeared before a disciplinary tribunal.

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

They say a forced varsity shutdown is inevitable, until university management heeds their demands.

UCT, however, says while it's willing to engage with the students, little can been done if no formal demands are submitted to its executive.

UCT's Elijah Moholola says, "We are at a stage where the executive is looking at possibly meeting with this group, which will depend heavily on the disgruntled group."

So far, talks between university officials and protesting students have reached an impasse, with students expected to occupy the Steve Biko Students' Union Building indefinitely.