Teaching at the University of Fort Hare has been suspended indefinitely after students were forced to evacuate the campus due to ongoing violence and intimidation.
Vice Chancellor Sakhela Buhlungu said in a letter on Thursday that they had to evacuate because of the intimidation of staff members, students and members of the public, as well as the looting of property.
The university has been undergoing violence since February 25, and police have been called on more than one occasion to bring calm.
Students are largely dissatisfied with their historical debt, and feel excluded because they cannot study further. They blame Buhlungu for this.
“Despite a court interdict, the registration process and classes were disrupted and we decided to discontinue the classes until further notice,” the letter states.
This applies to the campuses in Alice, Bhisho and East London.
Buhlungu instructed students to vacate the campuses and student accommodation by Thursday at 6 p.m.