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#FeesMustFall protests, SECURITY GUARD

A local photographer has captured up-close images of #FeesMustFall protests this week, showing students violently attacking security guards. The images, shown below, were taken by Sullivan Photography, and posted to Facebook.

While efforts continued to broker a “ceasefire” on campus‚ a group of students and workers attacked a security guard‚ threatened staff and ordered the evacuation of buildings at the University of Cape Town on Wednesday.

A group of about 100 students converged earlier in the day on the upper campus‚ watched by police and private security guards wearing helmets and carrying riot shields.

University of Cape Town (UCT)

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and its Law and Commerce Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. The language of instruction is English.

A petition calling for the university to open, signed by over 1,300 members of the university including over 500 staff, was sent to Vice-Chancellor Max Price.

UCT Staff and Student Petition in Favour of Peaceful Reopening

We, the undersigned members of the University of Cape Town, believe:

* that we have a responsibility to our current and future students, and to their families, to complete the academic teaching year;* that we must resume teaching now if we are to carry out that responsibility;

* that the university is doing everything possible to support the student demand for normalisation of relations and for free education;

* that the University is fully committed to and actively engaged in institutional transformation including pedagogical and curriculum transformation and has invested significant monetary resources and managerial time to the transformation of staff and curricula;

* that many students are highlighting areas of ongoing suffering and that we will redouble our efforts to address them;

* that we have a compelling responsibility to protect the university and its resources for future generations of South Africans;

* that violence, and threats of violence, directed at any members of the institution and its facilities are equally intolerable.

We duly call upon our colleagues and the student body to:

* allow teaching to resume from Monday October 17th 2016, to allow students to sit their exams and complete the year;

* respect the urgent personal and collective interests and rights of the majority of students and staff;

* engage peacefully and respectfully with all university stakeholders in order to support the student demand for free education;

And we enjoin management to deploy the minimal necessary security required to protect staff and students.

HELP THE UCT STAFF AND STUDENTS WIN THEIR FIGHT FOR JUSTICE BY SIGNING THE PETITION HERE 

WATCH: Security guard attacked by UCT protesters

Herald live – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
While efforts continued to broker a “ceasefire” on campus‚ a group of students and workers attacked asecurity guard‚ threatened staff and ordered the evacuation of buildings at the University of Cape Town on Wednesday. … “To ensure that these

Hectic Video Shows UCT Security Guard Being Attacked By #FeesMustFall Protesters

Nigeria Today – ‎5 hours ago‎
Taking the security guards by surprise‚ some of the workers broke away from a group of students and attacked a lone security guard. Video footage of the incident shows the guard lying on the ground‚ being beaten with a steel rod taped up with masking tape.

GroundUp: Backlash from staff and alumni against UCT executive

Daily Maverick – ‎18 hours ago‎
Professor Michelle Kuttel informed Price of the petition in an e-mail several days ago, and again today. She wrote to … “This video of an unprovoked brutal attack on a security guard this afternoon clearly shows prominent ‘protesters’ again involved

Students attack security guards – What the #FeesMustFall protests really look like

MyBroadband – ‎8 hours ago‎
A local photographer has captured up-close images of #FeesMustFall protests this week, showing students violently attacking security guards. The images, shown below, were taken by Sullivan Photography, and posted to Facebook. They are used here with …

Police disperse Cape Town student protesters with rubber bullets

Thomson Reuters Foundation – ‎17 hours ago‎
Today the situation on campus escalated and it has become clear that simply continuing with face-to-face academic engagement would not be possible without seriously compromising the safety of students and staff,” the university said. A private

The threats behind the charge of intimidation at UCT

Times LIVE – ‎2 hours ago‎
The full transcript of a speech by a protest leader at the University of Cape Town has revealed that threats of death and violence led to a professor laying charges of intimidation at the Rondebosch Police Station.

WATCH: Security guard attacked by UCT protesters

Herald live – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
While efforts continued to broker a “ceasefire” on campus‚ a group of students and workers attacked a security guard‚ threatened staff and ordered the evacuation of buildings at the University of Cape Townon Wednesday. A group of about 100 students …

[OPINION] UCT is being held hostage

Eyewitness News – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
In our view it is also not possible to ‘decolonise’ entire curricula overnight although we believe universities are the right places to discuss such transformation initiatives. On the basis of these two demands alone, UCT could be shut down for months

UCT will withdraw ‘offers of amnesty if disruptions continue’

Times LIVE – ‎Oct 18, 2016‎
Violence broke out at the University of Cape Town on Tuesday as protesters clashed with security‚ used trolleys as battering rams and pelted security guards in riot gear with rubbish bins. Earlier on Tuesday‚ UCT reported that “a car carrying four

Backlash from staff and alumni against UCT executive

GroundUp – ‎22 hours ago‎
Students, staff and alumni concerned by the continued shut down of the University of Cape Town(UCT) are putting the institution’s executive under pressure to open. Nearly all face-to-face teaching at the university has stopped. This afternoon, the

UCT in talks with cellular providers to help students

Eyewitness News – ‎6 hours ago‎
CAPE TOWN – The University of Cape Town (UCT) is in talks with cellular providers to provide free internet for students to access university websites off campus. This is to allow students to access course work amid disruptions caused by student protests.

UCT café worker to DJ to raise funds for outsourced workers not paid because of protests

Times LIVE – ‎3 hours ago‎
He studied a one-month radio presenting course through UCT and hopes to pursue a career in music one day. He sends some of the money he makes in South Africa to his father and younger brother back in Dar es Salaam. “I am already thinking of starting a …

Brutal attacks by UCT students on security guards caught on video

MyBroadband – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
A new video posted to social media shows protesting students violently attacking security guards at theUniversity of Cape Town. The video, posted below, shows students at UCT striking security guards with sticks and other objects, and throwing items

Alumni Judith February garners support for #Save UCT campaign

Times LIVE – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
Judith February‚ who graduated in law from the University of Cape Town‚ has gained 323 supporters in a day with an online petition called “#SaveUCT: Open our university and stop the violence!” …

Rock dropped on head of security guard‚ from an upper storey at UCT

Times LIVE – ‎1 hour ago‎
One of the guards had a rock dropped on his head from an upper storey of the Steve Biko Student’s Union building during yesterday’s protest action‚ UCT said on Thursday. He is in hospital in a serious condition. The other guard was beaten up by a group

UCT to hold plenary session after protesters seek formal enagagment

Times LIVE – ‎8 hours ago‎
UCT’s Professor Harro Von Blottnitz laid charges in his personal capacity against protesters after they set off fire alarms ‚ and warned staff and research students that the chemical engineering building “is the most dangerous building on campus

#Fees2017: UCT lecturers resort to secret meetings to continue classes

Eyewitness News – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
CAPE TOWN – The University of Cape Town (UCT) says alternative tuition methods will remain in place for as long as disruptive protests continue on campus. Fresh protests broke out at the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library on the institution’s upper campus …

Wits, UCT and NMMU vow to continue classes

eNCA – ‎Oct 18, 2016‎
Wits, UCT and NMMU vow to continue classes. South Africa; Wednesday 19 October 2016 – 6:11am. Private security looks on as students protest in support of the #FeesMustFall campaign at theUniversity of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, 04 October 2016.

UCT professor lays charges after protesters intimidate chemical engineering department

Times LIVE – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
He questioned the arrogance of the faculty‚ which was functioning on Wednesday‚ reminding staff thatUCT was “the only university that has not burnt yet”. Von Blottnitz said he had not known of any other staff who had laid charges in their personal

‘How #FeesMustFall protests forced me to live in a shelter’ – Eddie’s story

Times LIVE – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
Eddie‚ who was not identified by his surname‚ had previously studied a radio presenting course throughUCT and came to South Africa hoping to pursue his dream of making hip hop and working in radio. “UCT was shut down for two weeks and we noticed …

Fees crisis could prompt “mass exodus” of academics

The South African – ‎Oct 19, 2016‎
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – OCTOBER 05: University of Cape Town (UCT) students march from the Upper campus to Bremmer building during the #FeesMustFall protests on October 05 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearly 1,000 students demanded …

Police disperse Cape Town student protesters with rubber …

Thomson Reuters Foundation – ‎18 hours ago‎
CAPE TOWN, Oct 19 (Reuters) – South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades on Wednesday to disperse hundreds of student protesters demanding free education at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Protests have …
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