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Protesting students vow to shut down UCT if Masixole Mlandu isn’t released

He was arrested in Observatory last week during Fees Must Fall protests.

Protesting UCT students are singing struggle songs on Jammie plaza. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Protesters have vowed to shutdown University of Cape Town (UCT) if student leader Masixole Mlandu remains in prison.

Mlandu was arrested in Observatory last week.

Demonstrations flared up on campus today despite attempts to resume operations.

Students have gathered for a mass meeting at the upper campus.

They are being addressed by student leaders and some staff.

The group vows to continue disruptions to force a shutdown.

Protesters have also rejected UCT's proposal to complete the academic year.

"It has been noted that a lecturer material has always been made available to students. However, the essential learning that occurred, in the face to face engagement of learners, is being disregarded and cannot be reproduced in the form of hard copies."

UCT has tried to resume academic activity, warning a total shutdown will have dire consequences for current students and next year's intake.