Students disrupt talks between Maties and UCT vice chancellors

2016-03-10 22:30
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Stellenbosch – A small group of students disrupted talks between the vice chancellors of the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch at the latter’s Woordfees festival.

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The students sat on the stage yelling and singing as the vice chancellors tried to continue their talks. Some of the students reportedly said that they wanted their land back.

The event, which has free entrance, is known as an Afrikaans festival, but some of the students had a problem that most of those in attendance were white.

Reports from the scene indicated that Wim de Villiers, vice chancellor of Maties, left after the talks were interrupted and that students tried to block Max Price, vice chancellor of UCT, from leaving.

Didn't want to talk

Some of the topics that were discussed included the current situation at the universities as well as the violence and whether they had seen it coming. They also discussed whether they believed the situation was getting better, and agreed that it was.

According to Frieda le Roux, the festival's spokesperson, it was clear from early on that the students didn’t want to talk with the vice chancellors and a decision was made to abort the talks.

Saartjie Botha, director of the University of Stellenbosch’s Woordfees, said many discourse events were free to encourage attendance and contributions to the debates under the the assumption that they would be made in an orderly way.

“It’s a shame that the students couldn’t make constructive use of the event. It was clear from the minutes before the students entered that both De Villiers and Price were willing to talk candidly about the challenges faced at their institutions.”

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