Protest in support of students across SA, say UCT demonstrators

Protesting UCT students have marched from Observatory to the Kramer Building on campus.

A screengrab of students protesting in the Kramer Building at the University of Cape Town on 12 March 2021.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students said that they were demonstrating in a peaceful manner to air their grievances regarding financial exclusion.

Dozens of demonstrators have occupied a building on campus, demanding that around 2,500 financially excluded students are registered.

This follows days of protests in Johannesburg by Wits students making similar demands, including the scrapping of historical debt.

Protesting UCT students have marched from Observatory to the Kramer Building on campus.

It houses the financial aid office.

Student Representative Council (SRC) president, Declan Dyer: "The SRC offices now will be based at Kramer. When there are finacial aid issues we will speak to Tasneem. When there are residence issues, we'll walk across to Neil Foster, when threr are fees issues, we'll walk right there."

Co-chair of the university's residence council, Mila Zibi, said that the action was also in support of students across the country.

"It's not only students crisis, it's one that concerns all of us; it's financial, exclusion, residencies."

The university said that it had more than 1,600 students with historic debt, amounting to R88 million.

UCT said that over the past few years it had put measures in place to assist eligible students with historic debt, with around R30 million set aside this year.

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