CPUT Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prince Nevhutalu dashed out of mass meeting at Bellville campus after a student group arrived brandishing sticks this afternoon.
University management agreed to a general assembly to discuss the way forward amid a two-week long campus shut down.
Nevhutalu and staff met with about 500 students, but fled the Major Sports Hall when a group of about 200 students from the Cape Town campus joined in.
University council members told students that Nevhutalu didn't feel safe because he saw them carrying what he deemed to be weapons.
EWN's Xolani Koyana reports that the students had not posed any threat when they arrived at the venue.
They walked, were singing and carrying sticks. That's when the VC decide to bolt out of the venue and run to the Administration building.— Xolani Koyana, EWN reporter
The student's chased after Nevhutalu and blocked him from leaving the campus parking lot.
The group is calling for Nevhutalu to resign because they feel he has failed in his responsibility as a principal.
The students explained that the sticks are not weapons, and added that security granted them access knowingly.
They want all campus constituencies to be present at the meeting to discuss their list of 10 demands.
Listen to the full conversation from The John Maytham Show (with Richard Calland):