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#UCT: 'We could have acted earlier as a university'

Eight students were arrested during violent demonstrations at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on Tuesday night. They were later released on bail.

They were taken into custody following violent protests over a shortage of student accommodation.

Xolani Gwala on Wednesday spoke to Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Professor Francis Peterson, as well as Dr Shose Kessi, who is a psychology lecturer at UCT.

Normal functions are continuing and the situation is calm.

Professor Francis Peterson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT

We recognise the protest as legitimate. They have highlighted a challenge we face as a university.

Professor Francis Peterson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT

This protest must be looked at in the context of the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall protests from last year, which speak to financial and academic exclusion and private security on campus; as well as an environment that tends to exclude black students.

Dr Shose Kessi, Psychology Lecturer at UCT

This is a response to structural violence that’s going on in an institution that has not changed as it should have.

Dr Shose Kessi, Psychology Lecturer at UCT

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