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UCT's Chumani Maxwele to appeal suspension

The UCT suspended the Rhodes Must Fall campaigner with immediate effect on Thursday.

FILE: Controversial University of Cape Town (UCT) student Chumani Maxwele on Thursday said he will appeal his suspension. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Controversial University of Cape Town (UCT) student Chumani Maxwele on Thursday said he will appeal his suspension.

The UCT suspended the Rhodes Must Fall campaigner with immediate effect on Thursday following a hearing on Wednesday.

UCT announced Maxwele would effectively be suspended for five weeks for the alleged attack on a staff member.

The suspension runs until 19 July.

Maxwele is accused of harassing, threatening and racially attacking a member of staff on the 1 May.

Prior to the incident, Maxwele had been at the forefront of student transformation movement Rhodes Must Fall, which led to the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue on campus.

Despite the suspension, Maxwele will be allowed to write his mid-year exams.

He said he will be appealing his suspension.

"We studying the outcome and of course we will appeal it."

Maxwele has also lodged a counter complaint saying he was the one who was racially attacked.