UCT to resume lectures tomorrow

UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price says this year's programme can be completed if classes resume tomorrow.

FILE: UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price sits amongst students as he listens to their complaints outside Jameson Hall on 22 October 2015. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) will resume its academic programme tomorrow after several weeks of fees must fall protests.

Demonstrations flared up on campuses across the country since Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement two weeks ago allowing tertiary institutions to decide on next year's fee increases provided they are capped at 8%.

UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price says the year's programme can be completed if classes resume tomorrow.

"If we cannot reopen on [3 October] we will need to start having exams on weekends; we will lose some study days and if it goes beyond a week or so, we will not be able to complete the academic year in 2016."

At the same time, UCT SRC president Rorisang Moseli is urging students to avoid campus until the increased security measures have been removed to avoid violent clashes.

"We are aware of the growing group of students who have made it clear that they are going to be countering the security presence and if we have learnt anything from the events happening around the country it's that we would hate for our students to be put in that situation."