Dear colleagues and students,
The situation at UCT and on all the country's campuses is critical and without precedent. It calls for unprecedented action. The objective must be to ensure access to higher education. The short-term actions we will be taking towards this end are as follows:
We will be meeting the president and his ministers in Pretoria tomorrow and will demand decisive state intervention to ensure that students in need do not face a fee increase in 2016;
I have postponed the set of university examinations that was due to start on 27 October 2015. As such, there will be no exams next week. We will set a new date for exams in consultation with staff and students.
The University Council will meet this weekend after the meeting with the president and his ministers, and I will put to it proposals aimed at ensuring that
I have decided that the university will remain closed tomorrow and will hold an open forum for members of the university in the morning.
I appeal to the state to act with restraint. I subscribe fully to the statement of the President of Convocation, Dr Barney Pityana, who made the point this morning that there can be no justification for the excessive use of force of the kind that was witnessed on television on 21 October 2015. As he put it: this brought shame to every South African.
Dr Max Price