The university has condemned in the strongest possible terms the actions a group of individuals that disrupted exams on upper campus on Monday 6 June 2022. UCT says the group of individuals are neither employees nor students of the University.
UCT has described the protests as an infringement on the rights of students to participate in their mid-year exams in a conducive environment. They added that Campus Protections Services Officers are working to secure all exam venues on upper campus.
“UCT has laid charges of trespassing and malicious damage to property with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and will work closely with SAPS. Exams that have been scheduled for the remainder of Monday 6 June will be proceeding as planned”, concluded the university.
The university's Student Representative Council (SRC) has called for the halt of all university activities, pending the resolution of workers grievances.
The SRC added, “Staying true to our belief that workers and students rights are intrinsically linked, we will not remain silent while the cries of our mothers and fathers, whom are the backbone of this university, remain unheard. As such the SRC calls for the halt of university activities, including examinations, until such a time the grievances of workers have been heard.”
“We cannot continue business as usual while some amongst us suffer. We encourage students to remain patient while workers engage the university to resolve the issue at hand” declared the SRC.
The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) has condemned UCT for laying criminal charges against the protestors. They add that laying charges against the protestors is an act of suppression and demonstrates the continuing silence of workers.
“Though it is a huge inconvenience to students, we must be selfless and understand that workers are making an ethical call for basic human dignity that is enjoyed by ‘professional workers’ in the university and not workers - the backbone of the university. It is a cry for access to medical services, educational benefits and many basic needs” added the EFFSC.
The student union said they will be engaging with management in order to drop the criminal charges laid against the protesting workers.