The Chair of the IRTC Steering Committee writes about the committee's meeting of 24 August 2017.
Dear members of the UCT community
The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Steering Committee met on Thursday, 24 August 2017. Before the meeting, an online poll was held in which each constituency was asked to indicate their views on each of the 18 people who had been nominated and had agreed to make themselves available to be commissioners. The results of the poll were to form the basis of discussion at the steering committee meeting as to who to recommend to Council as the five commissioners.
Unfortunately, we found that four of the constituencies did not participate in the online poll. The steering committee felt uncomfortable going ahead without receiving their input and without addressing any difficulties that these constituencies might have had in participating in the poll. We have therefore agreed to hold a second poll, and to postpone the steering committee meeting until this has been done. We have also agreed that the secretariat will ascertain what prevented the participation of the four constituencies and assist as appropriate.
The new online poll will close on Wednesday, 6 September, and the steering committee will meet soon afterwards.
Sipho M Pityana
Chair of the IRTC Steering Committee (and Chair of UCT Council)
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The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Steering Committee was established as a result of a period of unprecedented tension at the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the end of 2016. The creation of the multi-stakeholder steering committee that will oversee the proposed IRTC was one of the resolutions made in the 6 November 2016 agreement, which effectively brought the waves of continuing protest at the university to a halt.
The agreement, which was signed between the UCT executive and protesting student groups, paved the way for the establishment of the IRTC, whose aims are to
The IRTC’s objective is to map an inclusive and fair course for the university as it tackles the legacy of the so-called Shackville protests and to focus on the issues that have caused division on our university campus.
Read IRTC documents:
Feedback and responses to the IRTC report: