University of Limpopo turns into ‘war zone’ as protests erupt

University of Limpopo Turfloop Campus. Image: Google/Buti Othaniel Doubata

Classes were disrupted and students were forced off the premises on Monday morning, but protests soon turned violent. It is unclear if classes have resumed.

Management at the University of Limpopo on Monday took the decision to suspend all academic activities to ensure the safety of its staff and students.

This after classes were disrupted and students forced off the premises from around 7am on Monday morning, reports Polokwane Review.

In a statement, the University Executive Management Committee (EMC) deemed this incident “unfortunate and illegitimate acts of disruption”.

“This situation has evolved into acts of intimidation therefore we have decided to suspend all academic activities scheduled for Monday, 24 February. This includes assessments scheduled for this evening,” the statement read.

The exact reason for the disruption was not yet known on Monday.

However, Capricorn FM reported on Tuesday morning that a South African Students Congress (Sasco) convener at the university alleged that National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding delays, registration delays and malfunctioning Wi-Fi are among the reasons why protests took place on Monday.

Scenes from the campus chaos were shared on Twitter yesterday.

https://twitter.com/be_woke_gang/status/1231882004523880448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1231882004523880448&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Freviewonline.co.za%2F343610%2Fwar-zone-unilim-management-suspends-activities%2F

It is not yet clear if classes have resumed.

(Additional reporting by Nica Schreuder)

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