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CPUT says campus not militarised

The acting vice chancellor Chris Nhlope briefed the media on what he calls an unprecedented crisis at the institution.

Acting vice Chancellor Chris Nhlope explains the security on campus is not only to protect staff and students but to prevent the damage to campus property. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has strongly denied that the use of private security amounts to militarization.

The acting vice chancellor Chris Nhlope 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.

Nhlope says that over the past three months the institution has already spent R30 million on security measures across some of its campuses.

“CPUT is obliged by law to provide a safe work environment for staff and students. Our campus protection service has been compromised with its partial allegiance to protesters and ultimately they simply do not have the capacity to deal with the current situation.”

He adds that last year's damage totaled between R50 and R60 million and that they're still tallying the cost of the latest destruction.

“Well, it is going to have actually a major impact on our budget because you have to replace something that you know that you have. That’s why when students are talking about the unfortunate time of militarization, we feel very sad because we are here to protect the small contribution of South African taxpayers’ money.”