Illegal use of email system being investigated
Released: 08h00, 22 February 2016

22 February 2016 | Story by Newsroom
Campus announcement
22 February 2016

Dear colleagues and students

You may have received an email purporting to be from the Rhodes Must Fall (RMF) movement. The email is a statement from RMF and it has been made to appear that it has been sent from University of Cape Town accounts, including the Student Representative Council's email account. This is not the case. This email was not sent from a UCT account, nor has UCT endorsed the message of the mailer. We caution all recipients of this message to be aware that it was not sent by the accounts that it is alleged to have come from.

We have no evidence that the UCT account holders have been hacked or that any sensitive UCT information is at risk. We believe the email message account was simply camouflaged to appear to be a UCT account.

UCT notes that the sending of an email in this manner is illegal and is contradictory to the UCT code of conduct. The university is investigating.


Kylie Hatton
Deputy Director
Communication & Marketing Department

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