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Protesting students continue attempts to shut down UCT

This comes despite UCT management saying it's committed to proceeding with classes this week.

FILE: Students protest in Cape Town for free education. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students are continuing attempts to shut down academic activity on campus.

This comes despite UCT management saying it's committed to proceeding with classes this week.

Six protesters were arrested earlier today for disrupting a lecture.

The group of about 150 protesters has split up.

Smaller groups are now roaming across campus, chanting and trying to get into buildings.

A few students have gone to Mowbray police station where the six arrested students are believed to be held.

Earlier, the larger group tried to get into the Kramer Building to speak to the dean of the law faculty.

Protesters were not happy when associate professor at the faculty Professor Waheeda Amien came to speak to them instead.

"The issue seems to be quite clear, and I think I speak for all of us when say, we only want to speak to the dean," said one student.

Private security guards are spread across campus, guarding entrances to some of the buildings.

Meanwhile, classes at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have been suspended for the next two days.

About 200 students have been protesting at the Admin building on the Bellville campus.

Institution spokesperson Lauren Kansley said, "A group of around 200 people reiterated their list of demands and Dr Prins Nevhutalu in turn communicated the institution's stand point on all these issues. At the moment classes at all CPUT campuses have been suspended immediately."