UCT issues court papers to students

Students have been occupying UCT since protests erupted as part of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign.

A splinter group of UCT students have decided to remain in the Bremner Building, UCT's administration offices, protesting an evictions order until their demands have been met. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has confirmed its issued court papers to students refusing to vacate the Bremner building.

Students have been occupying the building since protests erupted as part of a campaign to have a statue of Cecil John Rhodes removed from their campus.

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The statue was finally removed from UCT this week.

The statue of Cecil John Rhodes being removed from the University of Cape Town on 9 April 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

Vice-Chancellor Max Price says the university never wanted the matter to go to court but the students have left them no choice.

"They have to leave unconditionally. We don't want to go to court and we certainly don't want to have to evict them, but if they are open to discussing a quick and voluntary exit then we will be able to talk to them."

Price says the court hearing will be on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of the "Rhodes Must Fall" movement have vowed to continue their occupation of the University of Cape Town's admin block until management puts in writing that they will not face any form of disciplinary action.

The movement's Fezeka Mehlomakhulu said "Our disruption of the daily running of the building was justified, as it confronted management's continued disregard with our frustrations. Let it also be known that our occupation of Azania House is justified and legitimate."