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UCT rejects calls to remove Farlam from council

Rhodes Must Fall movement wants retired judge Ian Farlam removed from UCT Council.

FILE: Rhodes Must Fall movement wants retired judge Ian Farlam removed from UCT Council.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has rejected calls to have council member, retired judge Ian Farlam, removed from the University Council.

The group that campaigned for the statue of Cecil John Rhodes to be removed earlier this year, handed over a fresh list of demands to management this week.

They also held events on campus commemorating the third anniversary of the Marikana shootings.

Transformation group Rhodes Must Fall claims UCT has a relationship with the Lonmin mining company that saw 34 miners gunned down while on strike three years ago.

Rhodes Must Fall member Mbali Mathandela says the movement would like to see Farlam, who presided over the Marikana Commission of Inquiry, removed from UCT Council.

"We want him to step down from UCT Council because of his conflict of interest. He makes a lot of investment decisions on UCT Council about UCT's involvement with the mining company."

UCT's spokesperson Patricia Lucas says Farlam has no oversight of any UCT linked investments in Lonmin and that the only investment fund controlled by council has no Lonmin shares in its portfolio.