The University of Cape Town (UCT) said disruptions of its academic programme would "disastrous for the university’s financial stability" and "society". The statements came ahead of a planned "complete shutdown" of the university on Thursday by Fees Must Fall protesters and workers unions. The shutdown was originally planned for Wednesday. UCT’s executive committee received a 48-hour notice from the South African Liberated Public Sector Workers Union (Salipswu) on Monday afternoon. In a mass meeting held at UCT on Monday‚ student-led protest movement Fees Must Fall called for protests over the alleged exploitation of insourced workers‚ as well as the financial and academic exploitation of students with historic debt. In a statement on its website on Tuesday, the university pleaded with protesters "to protest or strike in a manner that will not disrupt the operations of the university". "The university cannot afford to lose any academic time if we are to complete the curriculum in tim...

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