Prof. Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, released a video statement yesterday saying that the university was studying the details of the statement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, and will make an announcement on fees for 2017 after doing so. According to Prof. De la Rey, academic activities were suspended to ensure the safety of students and staff, and that UP was working to “engage staff and students to finding solutions to the issues that have arisen”. It was further added that UP respected the right to peaceful protest, but would not tolerate disruptions of classes, violence, and unlawful behaviour, and that suspensions had been delivered to students who were “identified to have participated in such unlawful behaviour”.
The university has also been granted an extension on the return date of a court order interdicting members of Afriforum, Afriforum Youth, EFFSC, and other protesting students from any unlawful actions at UP. The court order has been extended to 2 November 2016.