UCT's #RhodesMustFall campaign gains momentum

UCT says it'll begin discussions to debate concerns of a lack of transformation at the institution.

Students from the SRC standing on the UCT steps with rags over the Cecil John Rhodes statue. Picture: UCT SRC.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says it will soon begin a series of discussions in which it will include the whole student body to debate concerns of a lack of transformation at the institution.

Students are demanding the university fast track transformation and remove a statue of Cecil John Rhodes which they see as a sign of past oppression.

They held a protest on campus yesterday and later an overnight sleep in at the campus administration building.

UCT vice-chancellor Max Price says, "We think the thousands of students who are not part of this lobby must be brought along and be given the opportunity to hear the argument."

He says lectures will be interrupted for one day next week.

"We will stream in every lecture theatre which present the different arguments to get students talking about this and maybe they might change their views when they came to the university."

Meanwhile, several organisations, including the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement and the African National Congress (ANC), put their weight behind UCT students who are calling for transformation and the removal of the statue of Rhodes.

Staff members also spoke out about their experience at the university.

About 300 people gathered in front of the Bremner Building on campus.

Two UCT academics told students at the gathering that they were also facing issues of transformation, saying they'd raised concerns with management, but their grievances had been brushed aside.

Humanities lecturer Zethu Matebeni said there weren't enough black professors at the institution.

She said she was told it took up to 20 years for one to be a professor but that this wasn't true.

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