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Protestors block entrances to parts of UCT

UCT has suspended lectures for a second week but staff have been allowed to continue operations.

FILE: Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesting students are blocking some entrances to the University of Cape Town (UCT).

While the institution has s uspended lectures for a second week because of student protests, staff have been allowed to continue operations.

The demonstrations escalated when Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced universities could set fee increases for 2017 within a cap of 8%.

Motorists travelling toward the university's Upper Campus have been advised to use the south entrance and to avoid Baxter Road.

UCT's Elijah Moholola says: "A small group of protesters have blocked access to Baxter Road on the Lower Campus. As a result, the Jammie Shuttle service has been temporarily suspended. Our campus security is monitoring the situation."