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Maties interim SRC requests cancellation of all classes

Demonstrators have been on a mission to shut down all academic activities on campus today.

Stellenbosch University students during the Fees Must fall protests. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University's interim Student Representative Council (SRC) has asked management to cancel all classes in solidarity with the national Fees Must Fall movement.

Demonstrators have been on a mission to shut down all academic activities on campus today.

They are demanding Rector Wim de Villiers meet with them to hear their demands.





SRC interim chairperson James de Villiers says they have met with the Rector's management team to discuss the possibility of cancelling classes for one day.

"To have one day where we cancel academic programmes at this campus in solidarity with the national movement. This will only show students on this campus that management is on our side, it will also remove the pressure from the university is currently experiencing towards national government."

Police and private security guards have been closely following protestors who have been attempting to get into locked academic buildings.

#Fees2017 #Stels Group circling JH Marais statue on Rooi Plein. Police , management reps & security guards watching them. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/PWBEwSaIs0



#Fees2017 #Stels Considerably larger group now near library "Bib gat". Other students watching. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/gEDMPZn2dP



The demonstrators want de Villiers to receive a memorandum of demands, which includes the scrapping of historical debt and the reinstatement of all suspended and interdicted students.

#Fees2017 #Stels Some of the demands from protesters include clearing of poorer students historical debt. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/4RG7EHUeUx



#Fees2017 #Stels Dean of students, Tania Overmeyer, tells protesters she's here on behalf of the rector Wim de Villiers. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/E6XlvKzWyn



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