On Thursday, thousands of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students protested at their Cape Town campus, wanting to see the Vice Chancellor, Dr Prins Nevhutalu. When he got on stage to speak at the sports centre, he said that the university’s management supports the students because their cause is just. He then said that all decisions can only be made by President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria. Students then pelted him with oranges and bottles of water. His security guards then escorted him off the premises. ASHRAF HENDRICKS snapped these pictures.
The congregation then moved outside and a window was smashed with a brick. A large portion of the protest broke away and ran into the train station shouting “Fees Must Fall” followed closely by police. These students danced and sang on the train tracks. According to onlookers, these students were planning to board trains to Bellville, where the other CPUT campus is.
Outside the Cape Town campus, a student got knocked over by a vehicle and required an ambulance. According to Imma-Rosa Traider, an eyewitness at the scene, it was an accident. The student ran across the road and the vehicle couldn’t stop quickly enough. Ambulances came to the scene and the injured student was taken away.
Protesting outside the university continued as normal.
All images by Ashraf Hendricks