Speaking to Perdeby, Du Plooy said that the SRC condemned the “police brutality in which a peaceful march was fired upon by rubber bullets and tear gas.” Du Plooy added that the SRC further condemns the university’s failure to communicate with students on the developing situation and to respond to the demands of protesters. “We urge management to come up with a speedy and positive resolution so that operations on campus can resume and students can be assisted again,” said Du Plooy.

The protests are scheduled to continue on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday 12 January UP released a statement in which it said that an “urgent court order was obtained interdicting protesters from their unlawful actions”. The interdict, granted by the Pretoria High Court, was directed at protesting workers, as well as the EFFSC Tukkies Branch, EFF and Sasco members, and three SRC members. 

UP will remain closed on Wednesday 13 January. Alternative arrangements will be made for summer school students and those writing special examinations. Senior students are urged to register online and first-year students will be able to do the same from Monday, 18 January. 

 

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