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UCT to students: refrain from supporting RMF and vacate the area

17 February 2016 - 11:55 By TMG Digital

The University of Cape Town (UCT) described the behaviour of Rhodes Must Fall members as “criminal and has exceeded all possible limits of lawful protest action”. It issued a statement on Tuesday night‚ saying: “We are deeply concerned for the safety of students and staff.”It said RMF members had‚ “in the early evening…entered Smuts Hall‚ Fuller Hall and Jameson Hall‚ removing artwork from the walls and burning it”.“They are traumatising wardens and students and vandalising. Several bins have been set alight‚” the statement claimed.UCT’s Gerda Kruger said RMF were given a letter from the executive earlier in the day “to ask them to move the shack that they had erected to another location nearby so as to ensure that the traffic flow‚ movement of students and staff can function uninterrupted”.“We made it clear that their right to lawful protest action is assured but that the shack interferes with University of Cape Town operations‚ including causing a backlog to the M3 traffic‚” said Kruger.“We also delivered to Rhodes Must Fall a letter asking them to vacate Avenue Hall by 12pm on Friday this week.“We have made repeated attempts to engage RMF on the matter of Avenue Hall and even to discuss the issue of alternative space but they have dismissed any attempt at engagement.“They refuse to speak with the executive but consistently verbally abuse and threaten.”“We call on students to refrain from supporting RMF in these actions and to vacate the area.”..

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