Centenary celebrations to go ahead at Fort Hare after protests


University of Fort Hare. Pictured above is its famous Theology building in Alice, South Africa. Fort Hare is the alma mater of such men as Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, and Robert Mugabe.

FORT HARE – The situation at the University of Fort Hare was calm on Friday following student protests this week and centenary celebrations would go ahead as planned, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said.

“We are very excited about this prestigious event and we are confident that there will be no disruptions from protesting student bodies,” Radebe said.

Thursday evening saw protests at the University’s Jolobe residences, after protesters torched a university building and a tent at the main campus on Wednesday.

On Friday, Fort Hare’s Alice campus was still heavily guarded by local police and reinforcements from neighbouring divisions.

President Jacob Zuma and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe were due to address those celebrating Fort Hare’s 100-year history of nurturing black academic excellence




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