Matie students may face disciplinary after defacing statue

2015-11-20 16:57
Stellenbosch University protesters. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Stellenbosch University protesters. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Durban – Students at Stellenbosch University, who continued to vandalise a statue while others attempted to clean it, could face disciplinary action, the university has said.

The discipline action comes after a video emerged this week showing students at the JH Marais statue on Rooi Plein – some students were trying to clean the statue and others were vandalising it.

There have been protests at the university this week against the outsourcing of services. Both students and workers have objected to outsourcing.

University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said rubbish bins were set alight in the streets and also on Rooi Plein at the base of the statue.

He said a staff member extinguished the fire and some students started to clean it, while others continued to vandalise it.

"Stellenbosch University acknowledges the rights of staff and students to protest, provided that the academic and administrative functions of the institution are not disrupted, no risks are created and the students’ rights to study are not violated.

"The university management has expressed its disappointment at the vandalism, especially as a task team had already been created the previous week to address issues related to insourcing and members of management held discussions with students' and workers’ representatives on Monday this week," Viljoen said.

He said, in accordance with the university’s disciplinary code for students, action would be taken against students who vandalise university property or attempt to disrupt exams.

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