#Bringbackourcadres - UCT protesting students, workers

2016-09-15 18:06
Students vow to shut down UCT campus for 48 hours while they hand over demands at Bremner building. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Students vow to shut down UCT campus for 48 hours while they hand over demands at Bremner building. (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - UCT students and workers gathered in their hundreds on Thursday to call for the immediate return to campus of those who had been suspended, expelled and interdicted over #FeesMustFall-related protests.

A group of students and workers moved through UCT's lower campus on Thursday morning and made their way to upper campus for a mass meeting at 13:00 where a few hundred students gathered on the stairs.

"It's been approximately eight months we have not been in these corridors," student activist Masixole Mlandu said of himself, Olwethu Mzayifani, Chumani Maxwele and others who were reprimanded by UCT.

A tribunal was held for them in Rondebosch on Thursday following their suspensions in February.

The group had called the tribunal illegal and unnecessary disciplinary action.

Some held up posters stating: “#bringbackourcadres”.

Mlandu said they wanted to get consensus from students so they were not accused of disruption.

He raised the issue of outsourcing, saying not all workers had been insourced as promised.

A waste of resources

"We are here to consolidate our voice. We are not here to fight. But we don't mind fighting," he said to laughter and applause.

A week ago Mlandu and a group of black solidarity activists confronted UCT vice-chancellor Max Price in Cape Town on why five students had been interdicted and "targeted".

Price had addressed the fees commission and was preparing to leave when the group surrounded him and demanded answers.

Price said they would not tolerate violent behaviour. He said the disciplinary measures were not a comment on the fees issue but on the burning of buses, trespassing and violence.

He urged the five to appear before the disciplinary committee so that it could make a finding.

Mlandu asked him to retract their suspensions in "good faith" but got no commitment from Price, who eventually left the venue.

The group reiterated on Thursday that the fees commission was a waste of resources and a delay tactic.

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