The controversial “fees must fall” movement launched by the students of the University of Cape town seems to have taken a new look today as the students move to the second phase of their demands – Free food and accommodation for all UCT students.
Speaking on this, the movement spokesman Kagiso Sekhoto said they have had spoken to residence management at UCT in demand for food for every student and a temporary student residence and that they had no aim of disrupting registration for new students “We … don’t want to block their way.”
Aside from that, UCT has put measures in place to ensure that registrations go smoothly as about 4200 first-year students are expected to register this week.
According to Sekhoto, the movement planned to engage with management on outstanding fees immediately after students had registered.
Moreover, UCT spokesman Elijah Moholola had said that as they are hoping that the protest will be free of violence, the university had put measures in place to ensure academic programmes continued without hindrance. “The university respects the students’ rights to engage in peaceful and legitimate protests,” he added.
Meanwhile, the movement for a free food and temporary residence have received mixed reactions. While some students believe it’s their right to ask to make all these demands from the university, some others feel the movement is going too far in their demands. To them, the students’ demand for residence in the university alongside access to the dining halls is “clueless” as universities would not be able to accommodate all its students at a time.
Some added that the cost of footing all the university bills will not only be detrimental to the schools and governments but also to their parents who will have to bear with high tax load that will be levied on them by the government. They, therefore, requested that the UCT’s #FeesMustFall movement be more reasonable in their demands.