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UWC expels council member for fuelling student violence

Brian Williams lost his seat on council after members voted to expel him last week.

FILE: A security guard keeps watch outside B Block on the UWC Bellville campus after protesters damaged buildings and property the previous day. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape (UWC) has expelled a council member for allegedly stoking violence on campus during student protests.

Brian Williams lost his seat on council after members voted to expel him last week.

UWC was one of several institutions that were shut down during demonstrations against tuition increases late last year.

The university's council chairperson, Mthunzi Mdwaba, said that members should have moved sooner to expel Williams.

"We had a report that Mr Brian Williams was a very toxic part of the university."

Mdwaba claimed that Williams violated policy and was seen participating in the protests last year.

"It's alleged that they were involved in ensuring that violent behaviour that resulted in the burning of buildings and we had a lot of video footage in this regard."

Council member, Songezo Maqula, was also suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry into his conduct during the protests.

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