UCT students vow to continue with protests

Fees Must Fall student activists says they’ll continue protesting, following ‘failed’ negotiations.

UCT Fees2017 protesters march to Jameson Hall. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Fees Must Fall student activists have vowed to continue protesting at the University of Cape Town (UCT) after what they view as failed negotiations with vice-chancellor Max Price.

A tense standoff between protesters and police ensued yesterday after Price spoke to the students about their demands to have Masixole Mlandu released from prison.

Mlandu, who's facing various charges including a violation of an interdict and malicious damage to property, is currently in police custody.

A heavy police presence monitored a group of about 50 student protesters who had moved from Wynberg Magistrates Court where Masixole Mlandu had appeared, to UCT's Bremner Building.

Student protesters asked Price to get the chief investigating officer to withdraw charges against Mlandu, but Price refused, saying would investigate how they could help Mlandu.

Police used stun grenades to disperse the group after a minor scuffle broke out between a few protesters and Price as he tried to leave.