Western Cape ANC condemns violent protests at UCT

2016-02-17 15:38
Burnt bus at UCT. (Jenni Evans, News24

Burnt bus at UCT. (Jenni Evans, News24

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Cape Town - The ANC in the Western Cape has condemned the violence that broke out during student protests at UCT on Tuesday night, and the damage done to busts and pictures that depicted white people.

Spokesperson Yonelo Diko said that while the students' issues were legitimate and needed attention, being violent was not the way to go about it achieving anything.

He visited the campus because the party was worried about what was happening after the protests culminated in Vice Chancellor Max Price's office being petrol bombed and the pictures were burnt.

Price was not in the office at the time the petrol bomb gutted the room, leaving black walls and windows.

The area around Price's office was cordoned off with police tape and a restoration company had moved in to repair the blackened walls and windows.

A bus and a bakkie were also torched.

Eight people were arrested, one of whom was not a student.

The university was applying for an interdict against individuals - not organisations - to prevent further violence taking place during protests.


On Monday, students erected a shack and cordoned off an area - calling it Shackville - to highlight accommodation shortages which they said did not affect white students.

They also said that black students were treated poorly and that they opposed the various symbols commemorating white repression that were dotted around the campus.

Diko said he had listened to both sides during his visit, and heard that the university could not accommodate all of the students who enrolled.

But, it had an accommodation office which was trying to find rooms in private houses for students who still did not have anywhere to stay.

The students were upset that the police had been involved after being assured during last year's Fees Must Fall protests that this would not happen again.

They held a brief lie-in at foyer in the Bremner Building, in protest over how they had been treated by police and security on Tuesday night, and the arrest of eight people.

They left and regrouped outside the building to decide what to do next.

Diko said the problems the students had could only be solved by negotiation and persuasion.

He sympathised with their complaints about all the portraits of white people around the campus, saying it looked as though only white history was being shared and celebrated, but reiterated that students should rather start a debate, instead of resorting to violence.

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