UCT to remain closed today amid security concerns

The institution says it has been engaging with the student representative council on the way forward.

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

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced it will remain closed today.

The institution says it has been engaging with the Student Representative Council (SRC) on the way forward.

UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola says, "There has been a series of meetings that have also included the SRC as well as the SRC candidates who have been at the forefront of the ongoing protests on campus."

Meanwhile, the university had to evacuate its crèche facilities following a threatening anonymous call yesterday morning.

The caller reportedly told a teacher at the Educare Centre that it should not have opened and should be cleared to avoid trouble.

Moholola says parents were asked to fetch their children.

"University of Cape Town evacuated the Educare Centre after there was an anonymous phone call that was received by one staff member there."

At the same time, classes at University of the Western Cape were meant to resume yesterday but management announced a further delay, saying a postponement is the best option instead of having further disruptions, as talks are yet to be finalised.

At Cape Peninsula University of Technology, classes remain suspended until further notice.

The institution's vice-chancellor Prins Nevhutalu said the executive is committed to ensuring the academic year continues.