The members of the Council of the University of Cape Town are dismayed at the assault on the Vice-Chancellor when he and other members of the executive were engaging with protesting students outside the Bremner building on Friday, 14 October 2016. We condemn violence and we reject with contempt the action of any person who perpetrates violence.
This includes violence of any form and from anyone against those engaged in peaceful protest. There is no place in a hard-won democracy for actions that undermine the very basis of that democracy. Council affirms its support for open dialogue and mutual respect. Council also affirms its support for the executive of the university in its efforts to manage the institution under challenging circumstances.
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