The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has announced that they stopped all face-to-face classes for the rest of 2016. They have now reached the point of no return to save the 2016 academic year.
The senate executive committee decided that all face-to-face classes on its campuses be suspended for 2016. Individual faculties and deans would decide if enough work had been completed during the protests to write exams.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on 19 September 2016 of fee scales for 2017 which set off nationwide student protests. He said tertiary institutions could decide their own increases, up to a maximum of 8%.
Protests at CPUT had included daily marches, flinging faeces, torching vehicles, and setting fire to the entrance of a building from which a security guard narrowly escaped with his life.
Meanwhile, Rhodes University in Grahamstown gave students a choice: Carry on with lectures and write exams, or go home until 2017.