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Stellenbosch University to remain open despite disruptions, clashes

The university remains open this week despite disruptions and clashes between students, police & security.

Stellenbosch University students during the Fees Must fall protests. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University says it will not allow campus protests to derail the academic program.

The university remains open this week despite disruptions and clashes between students, police and security.

The university yesterday called in additional private security and police and will do so again today.

Despite additional security measures and access control to buildings, some lectures were called off yesterday.

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen says such disruptions are not in the interest of students, given that exams start in two weeks.

"We'll try not to shut-down. So far most of our students have remained on campus."

But protesting students say the institution's failure to shut down and engage them demonstrates its disregard for their campaign.

"This speaks directly to the university's arrogance, their disregard of the students and their needs. And this doesn't serve well for their track record because people already thinks Stellenbosch wrote the thesis for apartheid," said one student.

Six students have been arrested and will appear in the court in the Somerset West Magistrates Court today.