Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have been marred by violent disruptions as students protest against various issues. CPUT management has taken the decision to halt all campus operations and academic activities due to the ongoing unrest. Students have been engaging in violent acts such as torching buildings and attacking institutional infrastructure, prompting the closure of all campuses indefinitely. The safety of staff and students is the primary concern for the university, leading to the immediate shutdown.
The reasons behind the protests include operational matters like shuttle services, cafeterias, and the need for additional accommodation. A major concern raised by students relates to new requirements from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) that affect funding and allowances for certain students. The frustration over these issues has led to sporadic clashes between students, security, and police at UWC. Students demand better safety and security on campus, particularly after a fellow student was fatally shot in a robbery incident.
The situation remains tense as protests continue, and universities are working to address the concerns raised by the students. The engagement with NSFAS and other relevant parties is ongoing to find resolutions that ensure students' well-being and access to necessary resources.