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UCT students hold silent protest

The protest is in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity on Monday.

Students at the University of Cape Town are holding a silent demonstration in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Students at University of Cape Town (UCT) are holding a silent demonstration on the steps leading to Jameson Hall.

The protest is in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity on Monday.

Lectures have been suspended for two weeks amid student protests against fee increases at tertiary institutions.

This week UCT indicated academic activity would resume on Monday.

The steps leading to Jameson Hall are occupied by hundreds of students and staff members.



Two huge banners read "Keep the doors of learning open".

There are several smaller posters with the same message and one which reads "I want to teach".

Professor Nicci Illing from the molecular science department says the silent protest is not an attempt to take anything away from the call for free education.

"We need the government and students to come to the party and we need a realistic solution that doesn't sacrifice primary and secondary education at the expense of free education for tertiary education students."

A small, but much louder group of Fees Must Fall demonstrators moved past the silent protest earlier, singing and holding placards bearing messages like "Private security must fall" and "We are tired, why won't you listen?"



Meanwhile, some students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) say they have not decided whether they will join national fees protests.

Lectures at the institution had to be suspended yesterday following disruptions.

Students are meeting at the Cape Town and Bellville campuses to discuss concerns and demands, before approaching management.



Student Siphelele Maqude says, "We'll take mandate from students, and they will dictate not us. So, at the moment I cannot say whether we'll embark on a mass protest."

A group at the University of the Western Cape says it has submitted similar demands to management this week and wants a response from the executive before the end of the day.