UCT acts against student breaching internal suspension order and interdict

07 July 2016 | Campus Announcement

Dear colleagues and students,

It has come to the attention of the executive and the Campus Protection Service at the University of Cape Town that a student who is prohibited from coming onto campus has done so in contempt of a court order and an internal suspension order in terms of UCT's rules for student discipline and conduct. Under both these processes the student is barred from entering UCT property unless they have first applied for and received written permission from the Vice-Chancellor, which has not been granted.

The student has been observed coming onto campus by staff members and has posted reports and photographs online of their visits to campus.

UCT has notified the SA Police Service (SAPS) that the student is tresspassing in violation of the university's rules and regulations and is in contempt of a high court order.

SAPS has added this report to the case that has been brought against this student and two other students for a previous breach of the interdict order. That matter will be heard on 29 July 2016 in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

UCT protects and promotes student activism and protest and the campus has been the site of significant protest action, but when students act in an illegal manner, then the university must act. It is not acceptable that university's rules are openly disregarded in such a way. UCT will follow due legal process in response to the violation of the university's rules as referred to above.


Kylie Hatton
Acting Executive Director
Communication & Marketing Department

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