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UCT warns massive security operation required to remain open

The institution has suspended lectures for a second week following disruptive student protests.

FILE: UCT #FeesMustFall protesters march down Spin street in Cape Town on their way to Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says to remain open right now, a massive amount of security and law enforcement will be required.

The institution has suspended lectures for a second week following disruptive student protests.

The demonstrations escalated when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced universities could set fee increases for 2017 within a cap of eight percent.

UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price says having security and police on campus is not an option at this stage.

"We've seen in other campuses and at the UCT in the past that when you bring the police on, you can take a whole lot of people who may not want to shut the campus and turn them against you because they don't want police and security on campus."

At Stellenbosch University, academic activities are continuing as normal despite disruptions by a handful of students earlier today.

Both the University of Western Cape and Cape Peninsula University of Technology say their campuses remain calm.