The University of Cape Town (UCT) council has agreed with the view of its executive that the 33 current and former students facing cases relating to 2015, 2016 and 2017 protests should be withdrawn.

According to IOL News, the allegations against the 33 individuals related to misconduct in terms of the UCT’s rules of conduct for students related to the #FeesMustFall, #RhodesMustFall and #Shackville protests.

“Given the passage of time since the events of 2016 and 2017, the report of the Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) and the university’s focus on the future, the UCT council endorsed the view of the executive that the moratorium and pending cases be withdrawn,” explained UCT registrar, Royston Pillay.

Pillay adds that the allegations feature a long list of misconduct.

These include threats and intimidation that created a hostile environment, lecture disruption, racial and verbal abuse, assault, forceful entry into UCT venues, damage to property, forcing Jammie Shuttle drivers out of their buses, triggering fire alarms for disruptive impact, discharge of fire extinguishers, disrupting a meeting of residence cleaning staff and disruption of activity in the UCT libraries.

“Members of the executive had previously made an opportunity available to hear from alleged victims and complaints but there was risk of ongoing instability were these matters continue through processes that may not advance institutional healing,” concluded Pillay.

[Source – IOL News] [Image – CC BY SA 2.0 Ian Barbour]