UCT students end day three of academic disruptions

Demonstrations took place for a third day after an attempt to resume classes this week.

Protesting students disrupted lectures at the University of Cape Town for a third day today. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting students have dispersed at the University of Cape Town (UCT) after they were addressed by management.

Earlier the i nstitution announced the campus would shut down for the rest of the week due to disruptions.

The university says the situation on campus has reached a point where it can't be contained without an increase in security and intervention by police, which it says will only make matters worse.

Demonstrations entered a third day with protesters moving across campus, invading lecture halls.

A protest leader earlier told the crowd that some would resort to violence if UCT management refused to meet with them to discuss their demands.

Lectures have also been suspended at University of the Western Cape for the rest of the week and staff have been sent home at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Protests on those campuses have also calmed down.