UCT interdict against protesting students granted


FILE image of university students on campus at UCT in Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town on Monday released a statement saying the interdict it applied for against protesting students had been granted.

The interdict, granted by the Western Cape High Court, bans students from protesting and disrupting activities at the university.

It means that protesting students, who had demanded that management stay with them overnight if needs be, must refrain from any further protest action.

The university applied for an interdict against protesting groups after students broke down the door of the Bremner administration building and occupied the premises.

Sasco and other movements including UCT&39;s Queer Revolution and Rhodes Must Fall group effectively shut down the university in protest over the university fee increases.

Students also demanded the university stop outsourcing its cleaning staff.

All classes at the university were cancelled for the day.

UCT released a statement explaining the various funding models it offers to poorer students.

It said it&39;s asked for an 11% increase but settled on 10.3% after pressure from the Student Representative Council (SRC).

The angry protesting students forced management to sit down with them and demanded they not leave until their questions had been answered.

They demanded the management publicly call the council chair, Njongonkulu Ndungane, to arrange an urgent council meeting. 

The High Court said it wants to hear from protesting groups on Monday, 23 November why the order should not be granted.

Various students groups are set to have a mass strategic meeting on Tuesday.


UCT granted court interdict against protesting students