The University of Cape Town has signed a “peace deal” with protesting students to try and end violent protests that have rocked the institution.
In a statement, the varsity says they have been in talks with student representatives of the #FeesMustFall movement to find a solution to the national crisis that has also affected UCT.
“Our University has further been characterised by ongoing protests related to these issues which have resulted in interdicts, suspensions, expulsions, arrests, the use of private security and police action,” read the document.
“The 2015 academic year was put into jeopardy and there are concerns that the 2016 academic year will also be compromised.
“The executive and students have been in ongoing negotiations to find a way forward.”
And it would seem after weeks of talks, common ground was finally reached when an agreement was signed by the institution’s executive committee, which includes vice-chancellor Max Price as well as student representatives and council members.
According to the agreement, “mercy” will be granted to protesters who have been subject to disciplinary hearings.
A policy would also be drawn up regarding the funding of higher education and advocacy for free decolonised education.
Other commitments include allowing students to have the option of writing exams either this month or in January next year, while students owing fees would be allowed to graduate.
Meanwhile, the 33-year-old UCT cleaner caught on camera smashing in the window of a cop van has appeared at the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court on charges of malicious damage to property.
Xolisa Ngangali is due back in court on November 22, for cops to verify his address before a decision on bail can be made.