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UCT students expected to join protest at Maties

Protesting UCT students will today join demonstrators in Stellenbosch to show support for suspended students.

University of Cape Town student protest on campus grounds on 20 September 2016. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students are expected to join demonstrations at Stellenbosch University today.

Some students and UCT staff gathered at Lower Campus yesterday to discuss tuition fees, the suspension of students, worker grievances and other issues.

They are calling on management to reinstate suspended students and are also demanding a plan on the implementation of free education by January.

Eleven students were barred from campus earlier this week, pending disciplinary action for allegedly damaging university property.

UCT student Mlingani Matiwane says the Ikeys shutdown will also continue.

"There is a reason why we have shut down. When the reason comes out and management takes us seriously, the university will not be shut down."

Classes, lectures and tutorials at UCT were halted this week as protests and disruptions escalated.

The protesters say discussions with management have been fruitless.

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