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CPUT management & students set for general assembly following tensions

In a statement, management says it hopes the general assembly will help restore order on campus.

Police arrest protesting students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville Campus. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Management and students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) will engage in a general assembly in a bid to solve tensions on campus.

Yesterday a stakeholder engagement meeting between alumni, the SRC and convocation members was disrupted when faeces-flinging protestors stormed the venue.

In a statement, management says it hopes the general assembly will help restore order on campus.

Burst condoms used as water bombs, the smell of human faeces and a damaged glass door are signs of how protestors disrupted a stakeholder meeting at CPUT's Bellville campus.

Fees related protests have prompted the management to call in the services of an interfaith mediation team.

CPUT's Lauren Kansley says they hope a meeting between students and staff will bring an end to disruptions on campus.

"Let's hope that the staff and student input at the assembly will assist us in a long-term sustainable solution for the institution."

Earlier this week, protesting students failed to obtain a court interdict against police on campus.

CPUT has instructed line managers to allow staff who feel threatened by the protest action to leave campus.