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WC universities not expecting student protest flare ups

Cosas, which has been part of the #FeesMustFall movement, says it’s not aware of any planned demonstrations at the four institutions.

FILE: Stellenbosch University students during the #FeesMustFall protests. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Four of the Western Cape’s biggest tertiary institutions say they are not expecting a flare up of student protests.

University of Cape Town (UCT), the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) together with Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) experienced disruptive protests on some of its campuses last year.

Protest action has erupted sporadically on campuses across South Africa since 2015, with students calling for tertiary fees to be scrapped.

The protests sometimes resulted in clashes between students, police and private security groups.

UWC's Nita Rawton-Misra says everything is quiet on its campuses for now.

“We haven’t heard of anything. We’re just hoping that at least the registration process could end and then we’d have departments ensure that we have contingency plans in place should there be protests this year.”

Stellenbosch University's Martin Viljoen says they are not aware of any planned demonstrations.

“The university has nothing against protest action, but we do have an issue with the protest action if it impedes on the rights of students to study. We do have a contingency plan in place.”

The Congress of South African Students (Cosas), which has been part of the #FeesMustFall movement, says it’s not aware of any planned demonstrations at the four institutions.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)