Situation on UFS Bloemfontein Campus closely monitored

Photo: Mark Steenbok.

The situation at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein Campus is closely being monitored and police are on high alert. This according to university spokesperson, Lacea Loader, after uncertainty by some students whether it is safe to attend classes and to write tests today.

This comes after the UFS yesterday communicated that all academic and administrative services at all three of its campuses will resume today. In a statement the UFS warned students to ignore hoax messages stating that campuses will be closed. Loader told Bloemfontein Courant that she will provide more information regarding the situation shortly.

Bloemfontein Courant received multiple reports and pictures on social media of protesters believed to be from the Free Education Movement (FEM) who are already gathered outside lecture and exam halls on campus.

All gates to the Bloemfontein Campus are closed. A while ago students were protesting at the entrance to campus in DF Malherbe Drive. This is causing mayor traffic congestion.

A well-informed student who wishes to remain anonymous told Bloemfontein Courant earlier that he is writing a test at 09:00, and will go to campus to write.

According to him FEM members made it clear on social media that they will stand firm on the stance of shutting down the institution. They will not give in until their demands are met by government. – Maricelle Botha, André Grobler, Christal-Lize Muller