UTC Seeks Court Order against Protesting Students

Thu, 2016-02-18 05:55
Submitted by DeeDee Halleck

UCT seeks court order against protesting students
17 FEB 2016 13:18 JENNI EVANS

Vice chancellor Max Price said the university is obtaining a court order that would prevent students from engaging in violent protests.
Police clash with students during a protest at UCT on Tuesday night. (Gallo)
The University of Cape Town is applying for an interdict to prevent violent protests after paintings and a bus were torched, and vice chancellor Max Price’s office was petrol bombed.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, Price said the university was not against protests, and acknowledged that students were often better informed about issues that needed attention.

“These issues are relevant. We don’t want to distract from the core issues,” said Price. But he added that violent protests would not be allowed.

“If you engage in this form of protest you would be in the violation of the court order,” he said.

The interdict would be against the individuals, and the students themselves would face a disciplinary inquiry. They would not be expelled immediately because of the inquiry’s processes.

Protests, arrests
Eight individuals were arrested, one of whom is not a student, after the busts of Jan Smuts and Maria Emmeline Barnard Fuller were spray painted red on Monday, and art removed from buildings and set alight.

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