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UCT Rhodes Must Fall students refuse to vacate occupied building

An amnesty period closed last night and applied to students who have been living in Avenue House.

FILE: UCT students. Picture: Joshua Nott via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) students campaigning for transformation have refused to vacate a building they have been occupying illegally.

About 15 members of the so-called Rhodes Must Fall movement have been living in Avenue House since the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue in April.

University management had given them until last night to leave.

UCT's Vice-chancellor Max Price said a decision was taken to grant amnesty to staff and students who may have contravened university rules during the protests for the removal of the statue.

The amnesty period closed last night and applied to students who've been living in Avenue House.

A Rhodes Must Fall member, who is also an occupant, Alex Hotz, made it clear they will not to leave the house.

"I also think they are being disingenuous because we've asked for a space, we're not spoiled brats."

The university has not detailed what consequences awaits student who may have failed to leave the building before the amnesty period.

Meanwhile, public consultation on the permanent removal of the Rhodes statue from the university campus ended on Monday at 5pm.

UCT has appointed an independent Heritage practitioner who will make the application to have the statue permanently removed.

In the application, the practitioner will submit an assessment of the history, context and heritage of the statue and consider the public's input.

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