A strong security presence was evident at Cape Peninsula University of Terchnology on Monday, 11 September, 2017, with some students trying to prevent others from writing their exams.
CAPE TOWN - Protests have flared up at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Monday, with reports of some students trying to force others out of classes where they are due to write exams.
JUST IN: There seems to be a shutdown in progress at #CPUT, private security guards just fired a stun grenade #eNCA pic.twitter.com/vc98axFGJV— Pheladi Sethusa (@pheladi_s) September 11, 2017
The university, which earlier reported that students are struggling to access certain facilities, including the Roeland Street building, later stated that "all CPUT campuses remain open and operational despite an arson attack on our Design Building in Cape Town during the early hours of (Monday) morning.
"We believe petrol bombs were used to set fire to a number of classrooms, but private security and the Fire Department managed to get the situation under control before the fire could cause more damage.
"We believe attacks like these are an attempt by a small group of students to disrupt exams and wreak havoc, and while this may be unsettling, CPUT management has been firm that the institution remains open and exams must continue."
Students being moved off campus,some were meant to write exams today but haven't been able to get in to labs and lecture venues #CPUT #eNCA pic.twitter.com/567Bw3f51h— Pheladi Sethusa (@pheladi_s) September 11, 2017
Security guards are reported to have fired teargas to disperse protesting students.
What is happening? @CPUT #riot squad #student #protests #CapeTown pic.twitter.com/aNU4zich4Q— Lindsay Gibson (@linzgib) September 11, 2017
CPUT City Campus RN, Students Being Chased Away By Private Security pic.twitter.com/l6KLvN7xo9— SZ PHOTOGRAPHY (@Simelane_Zatu) September 11, 2017