WATCH | UCT Students Disrupt Outgoing Vice Chancellor’s Send-off Event

PICTURE: Wandile Kasibe

CAPE TOWN: A group of students and workers carrying placards staged a protest on Monday at the University of Cape Town’s Jameson Hall during a send-off event held for outgoing Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price.

The group walked in as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, was on stage. 

The event had to be cut short because of the disruption.

Student leader Thabang Bhili said that the significance of the protest was to call into question the legacy of Dr Price who has been at the helm of the institution since 2008 and led the university throughout the tumultuous periods of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall campaigns.

UCT spokesperson Nombuso Shabalala said that though the university respects the right to protest, it was disappointing that many students who had gathered at the hall to listen to Dr Price were not able to do so and share their thanks. Dr Price was however able to stay for 45 minutes and mingled with students present in the event.

Dr Price will leave UCT at the end of June and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been appointed as the next Vice Chancellor.