Some students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) say they are eager to resume lectures on Monday, when the institution is expected to re-open.
UCT has been closed for the second week following the resumption of the Fees Must Fall protests after the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement to cap fee increases at 8%.
Exams that were scheduled to start on October 24 will now likely commence on November 7.
“Classes are not happening which was stressful because I had a couple of submissions. It’s crucial for classes to resume because we came here for education and if we’re not, it’s a waste of time. It’s been a challenge not being able to do your work, but they have given us an extension on all our deadlines,” says one student.
Meanwhile, at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Kingsway campus, some protesting students allege that private security guards assaulted them.
This protester says fellow students as well as academics, who were not part of the protests, were pepper sprayed, beaten and pushed off campus allegedly by guards in riot gear.
“We are currently with people that were pepper sprayed by bouncers, just peacefully occupying the fountain which is, due to the court order one of the places allocated to students where they can protest.”[Source: SABC]