UCT asks NPA to drop charges against students

The institution has also decided to cancel a court interdict against protesting university goers.

FILE: UCT vice chancellor Max Price sits amongst students as he listens to their complaints outside Jameson Hall on 22 October 2015. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Management at the University of Cape Town says it's asked the National Prosecuting Authority to drop criminal charges against students who were arrested last week.

The institution has also decided to cancel a court interdict it was granted last Monday against protesting university goers who joined the Fees Must Fall campaign.

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In a statement, the UCT says it has made representations to the Director of Public Prosecutions to have all charges arising from last week's protest actions dropped.

UCT says the interdict was cancelled yesterday, and is no longer in effect.

The institution's council also made a commitment to the principle of insourcing, which has been one of the major sticking points and has also fuelled the student demonstrations.

Protesters had demanded an end to the outsourcing of workers, such as cleaning staff.

Vice-chancellor Max Price says this decision assumes all operations at the institution will be allowed to return to normal.

Price says while they're aware that insourcing will incur significant costs, management's committed to somehow finding the money.

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