BARBED WIRE MAKES STUDENTS’ LIFE HARD

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STUDENTS at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cape Town campus are still jumping over barbed wire to get to class.

This is despite that there has been no protest at the university for five months.

Side entrances and exits are closed with barbed wire, forcing students who live in residences close by to climb over the wire.

“We have no choice but to cross here because the entrance they opened is too far for those living in this residence. This has been an entrance ever since the university opened,” said third-year student Lungelo Ngceba.

The barbed wire was installed in October last year after violent protests at the university. At the time the university said the barbed wire was put there to prevent further damage, after several buildings were torched, including the St Marks Church on the campus.

At least one student has allegedly been injured while rushing to class and attempting to jump over the barbed wire. The student was admitted to hospital.

University spokeswoman Lauren Kansely said they were putting in a permanent fence.

“We are in the process of replacing the barbed wire with a permanent fence.

“We are finalising the tender process and it should take roughly three months to complete the project, since the fence will have to be custom made,” said Kansely.

She did not answer questions as to why the campus was being fenced off.

Student Zuko Galada hopes they open the closed exits when they install the fence.

“We need gates to access the campus easily,” she said.

Source: Dailysun

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