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UCT: Suspension of classes follows consultations with senior management

The university has been gripped in Fees Must Fall related student protests over the past week.

FILE: University of Cape Town academics and Health Faculty students demonstrate outside Parliament. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says the decision to suspend academic activity next week follows a series of consultations with senior university management.

The university has been gripped in Fees Must Fall related student protests over the past week.

Many university students around the country including other tut campuses, have been demonstrating since higher education minister blade nzimande - announced that universities will determine their own fees hikes, up to 8 percent.

Nzimande also announced government would subsidise the poor and the so called missing middle.

UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max Price says the suspension of classes stem from the need to secure personal safety and the protection of varsity infrastructure.

He says the university would have preferred academic activity to proceed uninterrupted.

According to Price, easy access to academic buildings and residences would have resulted in the need for significantly increased security and he believes this may aggravate tensions.

UCT says the suspension of lectures will not prevent the writing of final exams or the completion of the academic year.