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UCT Health Sciences students stage sit-in at faculty

The protest follows a meeting with the Health Sciences dean earlier today.

Dean’s Suite at the University of Cape Town Health Sciences Faculty. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of University of Cape Town ( UCT) Health Sciences students are staging a sit-in at their faculty.

The protest follows a meeting with the Health Sciences dean earlier today.

The group are refusing to move.



A group of about 50 students are seated in front of the Dean's Suite at the Health Sciences Faculty.

Two staff members were inside earlier this afternoon and the students insisted they were not holding the group hostage, saying the staff members could leave if they wanted to. The staff then left the facility.

Students say they've decided to occupy the building after the dean refused to address their complaints around fee increases during today's meeting.

In the last few hours, Wits University released a statement saying the institution would be closed for an indefinite period.

It says academic activities will only resume once the safety of its staff, students and property can be guaranteed.

The university says should the situation not improve, it may consider the closure of residences to enable a cooling off period.