UCT activists set up 'Shackville' where Rhodes once stood

2016-02-15 11:33

Cape Town – The steps of Jameson Hall at UCT are once again the site of protest by angry students, this time over an apparent lack of accommodation for black students.

The protest was led by the Rhodes Must Fall activist movement and saw corrugated iron structures and portable toilets erected at the bottom of Jameson Hall on upper campus.

Almost a year ago, this was the very site of the Cecil John Rhodes statue that saw protests flair up.

“First day of lectures at UCT yet Black first years have no res! No place to stay #homelessatUCT #uctisantiblack,” tweeted @TheFallist.

One of the Rhodes Must Fall leaders, Chumani Maxwele, told eNCA that black students constantly struggled to secure accommodation and that if one goes to the housing queue “there is no white person there”.

The university appeared to respond to the protest with a tweet to staff suggesting that if they had property they would like to make available to students, they could contact the institution.

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