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UCT students vow to continue protesting

Students occupied the Hiddingh Campus library and discussed issues they want management to address.

University of Cape Town students at Hiddingh campus discussing the issues they face at campus. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some University of Cape Town students have vowed to continue demonstrating until their demands are met.

Student leaders have been in talks with management this week amid a campus shutdown. Fresh protests erupted this week after it was announced fees would be increased next year.

Yesterday, more than a hundred UCT demonstrators and workers, marched from Cape Town train station to the Hiddingh Campus in the CBD.

There students occupied the library and discussed issues that they want management to address.

Those include rape culture and the need for more security personnel on campus.

Protesting students say they will not stop shutting down activities on campus until management meets their demands.

"We've a problem in agreeing with them on specific things, so we're still trying to engage with them but we're not going to engage with them very long if they're not going to listen to us.

Students say meetings with management have proved fruitless so far.

Meanwhile, activities at the UCT have been suspended until Sunday. The decision follows a meeting by the senior leadership group last night.

UCT's Elijah Moholola says they remain committed to engaging with students to establish a way forward.

"The senior leadership group of the University of Cape Town has agreed that university activities will be suspended on Thursday until Sunday. The UCT libraries will also be closed during this period. The bus service has also been suspended."