Protesting UCT students to lay charges against university

The protesters say charges will also be brought against the private security company hired by university.

UCT upper campus is a main gathering spot for Fees2017 protesters to discuss their grievances. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Student leaders at the University of Cape Town (UCT) are planning to lay charges against the institution.

The protesters say charges will also be brought against the private security company hired by university to deal with protests.

Management and council met with student representatives yesterday following a chaotic week on campus which say lectures suspended yet again.

Student protest leader Mlingani Matirane says they have experienced violence and unnecessary aggression from private security guards hired by the university.

"We've a very long list of charges, among others, when private security drove into a barricade and drove one student 5m into the M3."

Matirane says the only thing stopping students from taking the matter forward is a lack of resources.

"The only thing that's stopping us at this point is incapacity of not having lawyers."

Protesters are demanding, among other things, transformation on campus and for a TRC-like process to take place with management, independent commissioners and student protesters.