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Protesting UCT students could face trespassing charges

This is a warning issued following a day of protests where 6 people were arrested for disrupting classes.

UCT protesters interrupt a student meeting on Upper Campus. Protesters are attempt to shut down UCT for it's third week. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town students who continue to disrupt lectures could face trespassing charges.

This is a warning issued following a day of protests. Six people were arrested yesterday for disrupting classes.

In a statement, UCT management has warned students against disrupting lectures, because they could face trespassing charges.

It also states intimidation is against the law.

Meanwhile, protesting UCT students have vowed to continue disrupting academic activities until management addresses their demands and grievances.

Protest leader Sinoxolo Boyi says they won't back down.

"We've nothing to lose. Say these exams were to continue right, they ask about fees, black people will be financially excluded from this university, and many will be academically excluded. Those issues we proposed have never been addressed and we're still in the same position."

Yesterday, about 150 protesting students disrupted lectures in an attempt to shut down activity on campus.

WATCH: UCT protest: Week three kicks off with six arrests

Buildings were locked and private security guards blocked demonstrators from entering.

Police officers also remained on campus to monitor the situation.

Management said it is still committed to keeping classes going this week.

At the same time, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) management will assess the situation on campus today before deciding whether or not to re-open today.

A strong police and security presence prevailed at CPUT's Bellville campus, following the disruption of classes.

Student demands include the scrapping of historic debt, insourcing services and free education.

CPUT's Lauren Kansley says management will monitor the situation before determining when to resume with classes.

"We replied to questions immediately making it clear that matters like insourcing is an issue for council to deliberate and concluded that free education issue is a greater government decision."

Protesting students also demand that disciplinary steps against suspended students be set aside and they be allowed to resume academic activity at the institution.