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#Fees2017: CPUT management has until Monday to respond to demands

Demonstrators disrupted several lectures at the Bellville campus this week.

The CPUT Bellville campus. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology' s (CPUT) management has been given until Monday to respond to demands by protesting students.

Demonstrators disrupted several lectures at the Bellville campus this week and also forced the closure of the library in Cape Town yesterday.

They've submitted a list of demands, which include a no fee increase next year and the implementation of free tertiary education.

Student Siphelele Maqude says they've canvassed students about their concerns.

"There are critical issues which we have decided to coin as the leadership of three structures to convene, to draft a final memorandum."

CPUT's Norman Jacobs says they will look at students' demands.

"We have now received another list of demands from students on the Bellville campus, which the vice-chancellor himself received and they've given us 48 hours to respond to these demands."

A group at the University of the Western Cape says it has submitted similar demands to management this week and wants the executive to address them on their concerns on Monday morning.

STUDENTS STANDING STRONG

Several institutions around the country are contemplating reopening despite defiance from protesting students

Yesterday hundreds of students and staff took part in a silent protest at the University of Cape Town, calling for classes to resume on Monday.

In a statement, UCT's council chairperson Sipho Pityana appealed to students and staff to allow the academic programme to continue.

Pityana says while there are many issues that need to be resolved, no one can justify "throwing to waste the financial sacrifice of families who have paid for students" to write their end of year exams.

A student, who doesn't want to be named, largely echoes Pityana's sentiments.

"If we start [exams] on 3 October we will graduate next year, but if that doesn't happen we basically miss out on a year of potentially starting work and providing for our families."

Another student says she's not worried about her education being disrupted by the protests.

"To sit there and worry about what will be or what is going to happen is not really that important. I think it is important to ensure that everyone has the right to study. It doesn't just affect us tertiary students."

Wits University is also expected to announce this weekend whether classes will resume on Monday, after nearly 16,000 students voted in favour of the motion.

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