Protesting Maties students to consult campus community ahead of meeting with VC

Students met with Prof de Villiers to try and map the way forward around student funding at the institution.

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CAPE TOWN - Protesting Stellenbosch University students say they will consult the campus community ahead of meeting with rector and vice-chancellor, Professor Wim de Villiers, this coming Friday.

Students met with de Villiers to try and map the way forward with regard to student funding at the institution.

The meeting followed students' occupation of the main library campus that led to scuffles with security officials on Friday.

Students affiliated to the Fees Must Fall movement want clarity from Stellenbosch University management about impending fee increases and its funding model.

They have submitted a long list of grievances and demands to the university rector and have given him until Friday to respond.

Student activist, Kerwin Jacobs, says they will be meeting with fellow students at Lilian Ngoyi House this coming week to map the way forward.

"We want to engage students, we want them to come and ask us questions. We want to be open and transparent about it."

In a statement, de Villiers says the university supports free higher education for financially needy students and that some measures are already in place to assist them.

Earlier, students vowed to have several lectures suspended at university this week, as they continue their Fees Must Fall protest.

Student Ashanti Kunene says they'll remain on campus until Friday.

"We have occupied Lilian Ngoyi House and that is our base at the moment. No classes will start on Monday and we will occupy until the meeting on Friday."

Additional reporting by Rafiq Wagiet