ANGRY Central University of Technology (CUT) students in the Free State are planning to boycott exams in solidarity with the arrest of five students from the Bloemfontein-based campus.
The five students were expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
CUT’s South African Students Congress (Sasco) pledged to stand in solidarity with the SRC president from the Welkom Campus, who they allege have been been bullied by management following his suspension from the institution.
According to a statement issued by Sasco secretary, Neo Ranyane, the SRC assisted the arrested students with food, clothing and other things they needed this past weekend – through student intervention.
CUT students had requested campus management to move their assessments online.
They also continued to raise issues of unpaid students allowances and accommodation, including allegations of corruption and maladministration against the institution.
Meanwhile, EFF Student Command (EFFSC) has also urged students not to succumb to alleged threats of management of the institution, and declared that provincial employees of the EFF will now join students on the ground as part of resolutions from a meeting the EFFSC had with its branch leadership at both Bloemfontein and Welkom campuses on Friday.
“We as the EFF Student Command Free State would like to let all students know, we are in solidarity with them and would do everything and use anything in our disposal to make it a point their cries are heard, issue attended to and needs catered for, since that’s the whole purpose of our existence as the Movement,” the EFF said in a statement.