UCT suspend classes, students protest outside WEF

#eNCA reporter Ronald Masinda is also at the conference, where protests are taking place outside the venue. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - All academic activities have been suspended at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as students protest over the murder of student Uyinene Mrwetyana and the safety of women in South Africa.

A day of mourning has been declared as the university comes together against sexual and gender-based violence.

After disrupting exams at UCT on Wednesday morning, students marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where the World Economic Forum on Africa is being held. 

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Students are protesting over security issues and have vowed to shut down the institution if their demands are not met.

They have given the university a deadline to respond to their demand.

University of Western Cape students are also threatening a shutdown.

They plan to hold a memorial for Jesse Hess, a UWC student who was murdered alongside her grandfather in Parow

Angry Khayelitsha residents torched the house of Uyinene Mrwetyana's alleged killer on Tuesday night. 

The post office employee is accused of raping and killing the UCT student

 

Today has been declared a day of mourning at UCT as the university comes together against sexual and gender-based violence. Courtesy #DStv403

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eNCA