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UFH disappointed after student protest leads to looting

UFH disappointed after student protest leads to looting

The University of Fort Hare’s (UFH) vice-chancellor, Dr Mvuyo Tom, expressed his disappointment after the university’s bookstore was broken into and essential study material was stolen during the #FeesMustFall student protest on the Alice campus yesterday afternoon.

This, after many students were angered, after they were denied transport to Bisho, where they were to approach Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, and hand him a memorandum.

The university was only able to provide transport for about 200 students.

According to reports, vice-chancellor Tom expressed his displeasure over the incident, saying that some students used the protest to their advantage to perform criminal activities, and said that the looting was a disgrace to the university’s name.

“These are people we thought would be able to keep the ethics of the university of good leadership, but they have reduced a legitimate protest into criminality,” he stated.

Among the valuables stolen, were textbooks, scientific calculators, writing pads and backpacks.

University of Fort Hare’s SRC President, Busisiwe Mashiqa, said that she was totally against vandalising at the university.

However, she also said that whoever refused the students transport to Bisho must be blamed for the incident, adding that had they received the transport, “we would have been in Bisho and this would not have happened.”