UCT granted High Court interdict against unlawful protests

2017-10-31 09:51
UCT exam venues have been disrupted. (YouTube screen grab)

UCT exam venues have been disrupted. (YouTube screen grab)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been granted an interim interdict that prevents any unlawful protest action at its campuses, the university said on Tuesday.

According to the university, the Western Cape High Court granted the urgent application on Monday.

The interdict will prevent anyone from performing actions that would obstruct or frustrate university services or decision-making processes.

-Also read: Fees protests: UCT applies for urgent interim interdict

It also prevents unlawfully gathering in protest or "protesting unlawfully in any manner within 200 metres from any entrance to the university".

The interdict prevents anyone from preventing students entering or occupying university property, including the attendance of lectures, tutorials, examination venues and occupying student housing.

Destroying, damaging in or defacing university property and erecting any form of barricades, preventing access to any roads, buildings or transport on the university property or any public road on campus or adjoining it, was also outlined.

The interdict further prevents anyone from "seeking to persuade or coerce any person, using intimidation, duress or threats, from continuing with their work".

The interdict comes following a week of disruptions that resulted in the university executive extending the suspension of face-to-face learning for Monday and Tuesday.

-Also read: UCT extends suspension of face-to-face lectures next week

The university said in a statement released on Saturday that the executive was still not satisfied that it could guarantee a peaceful environment in which classroom learning could take place.

"Course conveners will do their best to ensure that all learning material is nevertheless delivered through other means, including blended and online learning. Course conveners will also communicate if and how assessments and tests will be conducted, and whether practicals and tutorials will proceed as normal or in varied formats," the statement at the time read.

The university previously said the executive continued to engage with the SRC in an attempt to reach agreement to resume all operations at UCT.

"Regardless of how long classes are shifted to other modes of teaching and learning, the executive is determined that the exams in November will take place as planned and that it can provide the necessary security required, if still needed".

The university on Thursday applied to the High Court to grant an urgent interdict preventing disruption of UCT’s operations.


Read more on:    uct  |  cape town  |  education  |  university protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.