Ruling in suspended CPUT students to be handed down amid tensions

The four were suspended for allegedly disrupting a council meeting and threatening to burn down buildings at the institution.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Picture: Cindy Archillies/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - A ruling in the disciplinary action of four suspended students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is expected to be handed down on Tuesday.

Final submissions are being heard in Cape Town.

The four were suspended for allegedly disrupting a council meeting and threatening to burn down buildings at the institution.

Protests over student accommodation escalated to the point where demonstrators demanded their grievances be addressed urgently.

University management then suspended four students, saying they held members of a council meeting hostage.

But suspended student Lukhanyo Vangqa denies this.

“Council members gave testimony and said they were free to go in. No one said they were in a hostage situation.”

He says his studies have been affected.

“We will meet when the chairperson or witnesses are available to give testimony.”

Persistent disruptions, this time in the form of clashes between police and protesters, have resulted in classes being suspended on Tuesday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)