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Protesting UCT students to hold meetings to plot way forward

Protesting students are up in arms about outsourcing, the expulsion and suspension of students and fee hikes.

The UCT library closed and lectures suspended to resume on Monday. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students say several meetings will be held today to plot the way forward.

Groups of students have been blocking off access to roads leading to the Upper, Middle and Lower campuses since early this morning.



They have dispersed following a mass gathering at the Leslie Social Building on Upper Campus.

While the university has suspended classes for the rest of today and tomorrow, some protesting students say they will ensure classes are disrupted until their grievances are heard.

Protesting students are up in arms about outsourcing, the expulsion and suspension of students and fee hikes.



UCT announced last year it would abolish outsourcing.

The Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania SRC candidate, Athabile Nonxuba, continues to call for a shutdown of the institution.

"We are saying that as long as there's no political commitment and willingness into what we're saying as students of this country, we'll render the institutes of higher learning and the ungovernable."

Blocked off roads have since been reopened.



Nonxuba says they're also plan to march to Parliament soon, to hand over a memorandum.

Meanwhile, some UCT law students fear lecture disruptions may affect their exams.

One student did not want to be named for fear of victimisation.

"Obviously exams are coming up, that's also a big concern for students because we need these lectures to prepare for the exams."