5 October 2016
Dear colleagues and students
The Executive of the University of Cape Town has made the decision to close all UCT campuses until and including Friday, 7 October 2016.
The key consideration is that the situation on campus is reaching a point where we are at risk of serious conflict and escalating violence and we will not be able to contain the situation without a very large increase in security and intervention by the South African Police Service. This would only serve to make matters worse and may lead to injury and even lives being at risk. While the university has tried to remain “open” the disruption to services and classes has been so severe and hence the decision was made to close all campuses.
Staff are requested to be in contact with their direct line managers.
A further, more detailed communication, from the Vice-Chancellor will follow.
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