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Stellies students to continue with protests until Rector meets them

Demonstrators disrupted some academic activities yesterday in an attempt to shut down the campus.

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

CAPE TOWN - Protesting students at Stellenbosch University say they will continue with demonstrations until Rector Wim de Viliers meets with them.

Demonstrators disrupted some academic activities yesterday in an attempt to shut down the campus.

Last night, protesters restrategised the way forward in a private meeting on campus.

One of the representatives, who does not want to be named, says they want De Villiers to personally sign their memorandum of demands.

"As we wait for the respond of our Rector, for them at least to come and sign it first, then we'll take it from there."

He says they are still determined to continue their call for free education and for all historical debt to be scrapped.

Yesterday, police and private security guards kept a close eye on demonstrators as they attempted to disrupt classes and stop tests from taking place.

Meanwhile, Stellenbosch University has been served with a court order that allows some suspended students back in their campus accommodation.

The eleven students were suspended earlier in the week for their involvement in protest action as part of national demonstrations over 2017 university fees.

Access to Justice helped the students get the order against the University late yesterday afternoon.

The group's Johan Pienaar said, "They were evicted from their rooms, so in terms of the south African law, this was an illegal eviction. The university did at no point offer them alternative accommodation."

The university says the students will remain suspended from academic activities and buildings until its disciplinary process has been concluded.

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