UL’s Turfloop campus students told to vacate by 5pm today

Students forced the campus and nearby shopping complex to shut its doors due to the protests.

Some students already leaving the University of Limpopo’s Turfloop campus amid Fess Must Fall protests. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - Students at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus have been ordered to vacate their rooms by 5pm this afternoon.

This follows violent protests with buildings vandalised.

The students also forced the nearby shopping complex to shut its doors due to the protests.

As a result of the violent student protests on campus, management has decided to suspend academic programmes indefinitely.

The university says its decision was taken in the interests of the safety and security of its students, staff and university property.

Students have raised their concern on where to go after being told to leave.

They say are from as far afield as the Eastern Cape.

Hundreds of students have been seen leaving the campus with bags to nearby taxi ranks.

Police say they'll remain on campus.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said, "We've made further deployments in terms of bringing in police members from elsewhere. We hope to maintain our presence here until the situation returns to normal."

The situation is still tense on campus.


Meanwhile, Fees Must Fall protesters have left the Chamber of Mines where they handed over a memorandum calling for the mining sector to help fund free higher learning education.

Protests have taken place across the country, with several universities closing their doors for a few days.

Earlier, protesting students at the University of Johannesburg clashed with private security guards throwing stones on Kingsway Road.