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26 Oct 2015
7:45 pm

University of Western Cape closed until further notice – management

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The University of the Western Cape has been closed until further notice, the institution said in a media statement on Monday.

A student leader joins other students in song as they march. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The university had opened its doors on Monday morning, but university management said renewed protest action had forced them to close the institution.

“This morning, a group of students started rallying support for ongoing protest action across campus buildings and offices, demanding that staff must leave the campus. Students preparing for exams were also disrupted,” the university said.

“The intensity of the action by the group led to many staff and students feeling vulnerable and intimidated as some in the protest group wore balaclavas and had sticks and crowbars.”

UWC said it did not take the decision to close its campus lightly.

“The University has a responsibility to ensure the safety of staff and students and this has become quite difficult given the incidents of intimidation and vandalism that occurred on campus this morning,” the institution said.

“UWC hopes that the closure of the University will assist in providing the required space for different groupings to engage as we all search for solutions that will restore stability on campus.”

-African News Agency (ANA)