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Maties students slapped with interdict feel victimised

Stellenbosch University served interdicts to 30 demonstrators, barring them from further protest.

FILE: Stellenbosch University students on campus. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some students who have been slapped with an interdict by Stellenbosch University management say they feel victimised.

The university served interdicts to thirty demonstrators late Tuesday evening, barring them from further protest action on campus.

This comes after protesters, who are demanding free education and for a meeting with rector Wim de Villiers occupied the RW Wilcocks Building this week.

The university has also suspended 11 students for serious misconduct. Students will be allowed to appeal the suspension.

One student, who does not want to be named, says she feels as if she has been forced into a corner.

"After the violence and interaction that happened on Friday and then now we're interdicted and criminalised. At the present moment I don't feel like I want to go back. I feel very much put into a corner."

She says students who have been served with interdicts have also been denied access to certain campus facilities, like internet access.

"I feel victimised because definitely suspending our access to the university is very suspicious. Also definitely for them to have put so many names on that interdict list shows they've been monitoring us closely."

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