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CPUT students lose bid to interdict cops against using excessive force at protests

Students says despite this set-back in their cause, they will not allow classes on campus to resume.

FILE: Cape Peninsula University of Technology's students in 2015 Fees Must Fall protests. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology have failed in their bid to interdict police against using excessive force during the fees protests.

The legal action failed because the students had no legal representation.

Fees Must Fall activist Sapho Mahilihili says despite this set-back in their cause, they will not allow classes on campus to resume.

"We are going to open the institution when we have got assurance from government and CPUT, as an institution, that we are going to receive free education."

Meanwhile, the University Cape Town(UCT) management says classes and exams will have to proceed, in order for students to finish this academic year.

UCT vice-chancellor Dr Max Price, says with additional security and continued student engagement, management hopes to come to some kind of resolve to issues.

"Now we are committed to keeping the campus open, and so far I think we are making good progress. It was open yesterday, but many lectures where still disrupted because we didn't want to bring on lots of security immediately. As a result of the lectures being disrupted, we've brought on more security today."