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UCT announces closure for rest of the week

A group at least 200 protesters at UCT have made their way to Bremner administrative building, demanding management give them answers.

The group want campus to be shut down for the remainder of the week, in order for students and university management to engage on the matters they feel have not been adequately dealt with.

They are calling for next two days of campus to be shut down.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter

University management has since announced that it will close all campuses until Friday 7 October.

The protesting group are saying that they will respond with violence if management forces their hand, reports EWN's Shamiela Fisher.

They're saying that if management wants to present violence, they'll have to meet them.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter

They're saying that they've been peaceful, but they cannot guarantee that they will remain peaceful for the remainder of the demonstrations.

Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter

Several vans of private security and police have been following protesters and patrolling campuses and monitoring the group's actions.

Students and security clashed during a confrontation overnight when protesters attempted to gain access to the Steve Biko Student Union Building on Upper Campus.

Meanwhile, at CPUT a group of non-protesting students were prohibited from gaining access to their residence after they refused to submit to pressure to join the demonstrations.

We were locked out after the protesters came to intimidate us to join the strike, so we wanted to leave. When we went back, they locked us out and didn't want to let us back in.

Samkele, CPUT student

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