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This was ahead of the institution’s plan to reopen all campuses after ongoing protests for free education forced the university to go on an early recess.
“Due to protest action that erupted this morning and the barricading of gates, PTA and Ga-Rankuwa staff and students have been advised to go home for the remainder of the day,” spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said.
#Occupy4FreeEducation leader Vusi Mahlangu said their “simple” demand was for universities to support their call for free higher education.
“Universities are saying the call for free education can be made by government. It’s simple. If they are really committed, we want the universities to voluntarily shut down and join our march to the department of higher education and training for free education.”
Meanwhile, theology students at the University of Pretoria would from now on “go online and off-campus” both with their tuition and assessments, according to a letter sent by the dean of the faculty of theology.
“No contact tuition will thus take place on campus. We will not compromise on our high standards ,and students and parents can rest assured that we will do our level best to maintain our standards,” the letter read.
UP had also scheduled to reopen on Wednesday.