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Fort Hare centenary disrupted as protesting students block dignitaries

2016-05-20 13:15
University of Fort Hare students stuck to their guns and disrupted the centenary celebrations at the university’s main campus in the Eastern Cape town of Alice.

A large group of about 1000 students blockaded the main gate, forcing police to usher dignitaries and guests through an alternative entrance at the back.

The students carried placards and sticks. They sang struggle slogans and anti-management slogans, and vowed they would not allow anyone at the main gate to enter.

The university secured an urgent court interdict at the Bhisho High Court yesterday to prevent protests and disruptions.

Sibusiso Ncengwa, manager of student governance at the university said the campus had been taken over by the SAPS’s Public Order Police and the VIP Protection Unit, following Wednesday’s violent protests.

“On our side as the university we went to court to apply for a court interdict preventing any demonstrations and any unlawfulness that might take place on campus. Those are some of the measures we have put in place to ensure that the event goes ahead without a glitch,” Ncengwa said.

Heavily armed police formed a barricade between the students and the main gate.

The group of students moved up and down the campus, at times coming close to the sports complex, where the main event is being held.

University of Fort Hare students. Pictures: Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press

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