Cape Town - UCT’s council has finally endorsed the view of the executive that the 33 current and former students’ cases relating to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 protests be withdrawn – including #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall and the #Shackville protests.
UCT registrar Royston Pillay said the allegations against the 33 individuals related to misconduct in terms of UCT’s rules of conduct for students.
Pillay said the allegations included threats and intimidation that created a hostile environment, lecture disruption, racial and verbal abuse, assault, forceful entry into UCT venues, damage to property, forcing Jammie Shuttle drivers out of their buses, triggering fire alarms for disruptive impact, discharge of fire extinguishers, disrupting a meeting of the residence cleaning staff, and disruption of activity in the UCT libraries.
“Given the passage of time since the events of 2016 and 2017, the report of the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) and the university's focus on the future, the UCT council endorsed the view of the executive that the moratorium and pending cases be withdrawn,” Pillay said.
He said the view took into account the need for the university to move on from the events of 2016 and 2017.