CPUT makes alternative arrangements for off-site assessments

This comes after destructive protests at the institution’s Bellville and Cape Town campuses this week.

One of the buildings that was set alight overnight at the CPUT’s Bellville campus. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has made alternative arrangements for off-site assessments at the Wingfield Military Base.

This comes after destructive protests at the institution's Bellville and Cape Town campuses this week.

Following violent protests, management has decided to call off a scheduled general assembly meeting with students.

Police will maintain a 24-hour presence on the institution's Bellville and Cape Town campuses.

CPUT's Lauren Kansley says management is set on the successful completion of the academic year.

"Like the other universities in the region, CPUT belongs to everyone and not just a thuggish few that have caused destruction and despicable acts."

To ensure the safety of staff, management has rolled out an off-campus work contingency plan.

CASE OF ARSON OPENED

Management at the CPUT has opened a case of attempted murder after two guards were allegedly locked inside a burning building.

The university's security control centre at the Bellville campus was set alight overnight.

The institution has suspended all classes until further notice.

At least 19 protesting students have been arrested after violence broke out at the institution's Bellville and Mowbray campuses on Tuesday.

Kansley said: "Given the fact that we have no guarantee that the security situation will stabilise, the decisions has been taken to suspend classes until further notice.

"Some of the measures we're implementing include online tuition, alternative forms of assessment and for staff to work off campus."

Kansley said they have laid charges against the protesters.

"They also torched the security office at the main entrance to the [Bellville] campus and at least two vehicles were also damaged. In Cape Town a building was also set alight. Charges of attempted murder were laid after protesters locked two security guards inside a burning building."