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UCT secures interdict in bid to curb campus protests

UCT says it’s committed to addressing the grievances of students if they are raised in a peaceful manner.

FILE: UCT upper campus is a main gathering spot for Fees2017 protesters to discuss their grievances. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town says it hopes the rest of the academic year can be salvaged, now that it's secured an interim court interdict.

The institution secured the interdict from the Western Cape High Court in a bid to prevent disruptive protests on campus that have thrown academic activities into disarray.

UCT's senate met earlier this week to discuss the crisis on its campus.

At the meeting, officials were invited to speak openly about their fears of working amid protests and disruptions.

The university's Elijah Moholola says the interim interdict is a last ditch attempt at getting all operations back up and running.

"We would have preferred not to have pursued this route, but at this point we had no other alternative."

UCT says it's committed to addressing the grievances and demands of students if they are raised in a peaceful manner.