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UCT suspends classes until next Friday

All staff will continue operations during this time but the university’s libraries will be closed.

FILE: UCT #Fees2017 protesters occupy Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says it has suspended classes for the next week, up to and including Friday 30 September.

All staff will continue operations during this time but the university's libraries will be closed.

UCT is one of several tertiary education institutions affected by demonstrations over fee hikes for 2017.

Demonstrations erupted earlier this week shortly after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that tuition fee hikes will be left to individual varsities.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the burning of property at various education institutions should be condemned as it goes against the legacy of the country's ancestors.

Ramaphosa spoke at governments Heritage Day celebrations in Kimberly today.

This year has seen the torching of at least 30 schools in Vuwani in Limpopo as well as libraries and lecture halls being set alight at various university campuses.

The Deputy President says previous generations protected and preserved education, and respected it as a tool for liberation.

Ramaphosa says education is the most important and potent asset to restore dignity.

"We must jealously guard the instruments of learning. Our forebears cherished the value of learning and they protected and preserved the asserts that gave them knowledge."

He says the burning of schools and lecture halls is an assault on the country's collective being.

"We should all say today that destroying the assets that give us knowledge and education, is acting against the legacy of our forebears."