Protesting UCT students disrupt lectures

The group is currently moving across campus trying to shut down academic activities.

UCT protesters disrupt classes and University activities for the third week in a bid to gain free education in South Africa. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have disrupted at least one lecture today.

The group is currently moving across campus trying to shutdown academic activities.

Lecturers suspended a management accounting class after the protesting group entered the hall.

They called on lecturers to engage with UCT vice-chancellor Max Price to resolve their grievances.

After they addressed students, they called on the academic staff to dismiss the class.

With little choice, students who were attending the class were allowed to leave.

Protesters are also planning to march to the Mowbray police station where fellow demonstrators who have been arrested are apparently being held.

At the same time, a protesting UCT student says medical students' demands have been met.

The group had been occupying the dean's suite at the health sciences campus in the CBD for more than two weeks.

Demands included addressing student health issues, better engagement between students and staff as well as finances and fee issues.

Fourth year medical student Thandani Mlambo says more details will be revealed at a briefing this afternoon.

"Firstly, it's about announcing the end of our occupation, that we had occupied the Dean Suite and that we had renamed it the Hamleton Bucky Suite and we are going to announce the terms and conditions which were met prior to the occupation. Secondly we are going to talk about our way forward and how we position ourselves in the national shut down and what we are going to do about that."