National 16.8.2016 07:29 am

UP student leaders angry over extra security

UP SRC to engaging students on the national shutdown. Photo: Ramaupi Makgoo.

UP SRC to engaging students on the national shutdown. Photo: Ramaupi Makgoo.

Campus security at the University of Pretoria was increased after the organisers of the #feesmustfall campaign spoke of a shutdown of tertiary institutions on Monday.

Beefed-up security arrangements in anticipation of renewed fee protests on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria have raised the ire of student leaders, reports Pretoria East Rekord.

“Are we criminals? Why is security being beefed up all of the sudden? There are bouncers everywhere,” Student Representative Council president, Thabo Shingange said on Monday.

Campus security was improved after the organisers of  the #feesmustfall campaign spoke of a shutdown of tertiary institutions on Monday.

This was sparked by anticipated student fee increases.

Shingange said: “We are just raising pertinent issues that relate to student issues, there is no need for deployment of extra security.”

He condemned this as a tactic by management to instil fear in the minds and hearts of ordinary students who might want to take part in the campaign against fee increases.

“Who said when students gather they are criminals? Very soon we may even have the military deployed. What kind of state are we operating in?” Shingange said.

Caxton News Service

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