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UCT suspends classes for rest of the week

The decision comes as students took their protest action into a third day at the university.

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

The University of Cape Town has suspended all of its academic activities for the rest of the week due to the disruptions caused by protesting students.

The university has further suspended all of its operations, including the Jammie Shuttle, and closed all of its libraries.

The decision comes as students took their protest action into a third day at the university.



Earlier, at least 200 protesting students moved across campus, disrupting classes.

UCT protest leaders have warned they cannot guarantee demonstrations will remain peaceful if management continues to refuse to engage them.

The group has marched to the Bremner Building to put pressure on management.

They've formed a human chain as security and police keep a watchful eye.

The demonstrators say their demands are reasonable.

UCT management has since decided to cancel lectures, saying 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.