1 April 2017
Dear students and colleagues
This is an update to the University of Cape Town community relating to the occupation in the Mafeje Room in the Bremner building on lower campus.
As of this morning, Saturday, 1 April 2017, the Bremner building remains occupied. Throughout this time the executive has indicated its willingness to engage but has asked students to do so outside of the Bremner building. The students have refused. The executive has assured the group of its continued commitment to work with them as soon as the occupation has ended. Last night a letter was sent to the group, which laid out the progress that has been made on the issues that had previously been raised by the group. All resolutions that were agreed to in the meeting with the group on Wednesday, 29 March, have now been implemented. The group was assured that work on all further issues raised continues, including the Readmission Appeals Committee reviews of all academic exclusions, which will be concluded early next week.
The executive has previously indicated to the group that while some of the demands on the new lists are aligned with what has already been implemented, or are in progress, there are other demands (specifically demand 1) that go far beyond the agreement and can never be met by UCT.
The executive has now begun a legal process to remove the group from the Mafeje Room. The executive has appealed to the group to vacate and return to engagement.
A decision on when staff may return to Bremner will be communicated later.
Communication and Marketing Department
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