18 October 2016
Dear colleagues and students
The University of Cape Town executive is committed to keeping the university open and completing the 2016 academic year. We condemn the violence of the last two days. I would like to extend my gratitude and empathy to the staff and students who have experienced harassment or intimidation and have still worked tirelessly through this four-week period. Conditions have been very difficult for everyone – PASS staff, academic staff and students.
While we will engage the security that is needed to continue with the academic programme as planned, we believe that a sustainable solution will more likely be achieved if we can find agreement and compromise. In view of this, we remain open to engaging with the protesting students, who are largely represented by the group called the SRC Candidates. The executive has therefore been engaging with the students on the following issues:
In return the university will require the following commitments:
Any agreement reached will need to be based on a mutual understanding that:
As of today, protesters are still engaged in activities that are aimed at shutting down the university despite concerted attempts on the part of the UCT executive to find agreement.
The executive still remains open to engagement, but at the same time it is doing everything to ensure that the academic year is completed successfully.
The executive appeals to all those still involved in protest to do so within the framework of the law.
Dr Max Price
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