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CPUT spent R30m on security over past 3 months

Violent student protests over a range of issues have been sporadic over the past few months.

CPUT’s acting vice-chancellor Chris Nhlapo and his executives briefing the media on what he calls an unprecedented crisis at the institution. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has spent R30 million on security over the past three months.

Acting Vice-Chancellor Chris Nhlapo has on Thursday briefed the media on what he calls an unprecedented crisis at the institution.

Violent student protests over a range of issues have been sporadic over the past few months.

Nhlapo says they can’t allow around 200 staff members and students to disrupt the academic activity of about 34,000 others.

“That’s why I think when students are talking about the unfortunate times of neutralisation that makes me very sad because we are here to protect the small contribution of South African taxpayers’ money and preserve institutions like this for the next generation.”

He’s revealed damage caused by violent student demonstrations in the 2015/2016 financial year has totalled between R50 million and R60 million, and they are still tallying the latest destruction.

Since July, a number of buildings have been torched by protesters seemingly unhappy about various issues including intimidation in residences and outsourcing.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)