After disrupting classes, the protestors moved towards the Piazza while a large crowd looked on as protestors gathered to sing and dance. Security was present as members of AfriForum arrived. There was a standoff with those opposing the protests chanting “we want to study” and protestors chanting “fees must fall”. During this time, there was a heavy police presence on campus.

The students then moved to the Amphitheater where student leaders addressed them. Students were given an opportunity to speak to student leaders and the students urged that all of UP’s campuses must be closed and that UP’s tuition fees should decrease. Student leaders also requested that the university must withdraw criminal charges against the UP24-students.

Protestors later tried to enter the Groenkloof campus, but were met with strong security and police resistance. A sit-down was staged, preventing anyone from entering the campus. Prinshof campus was also evacuated and closed.

All of UP’s campuses are closed down for the remainder of the week. UP management announced that academic activities will commence on all campuses on 26 September. Management also announced that any tests or lectures that should have taken place this week will take place during the October recess. EWN reported on their Twitter-feed that UP management has started with the process of suspending students who engaged in lecture disruptions and unlawful protests.


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