9 November 2017

South Africa: Notes From the Scene - When Parliament Met the Students - At UCT


The words "Parliament" and "students" together don't have a happy track record in recent South African history. In 2015 stun grenades were fired in the parliamentary precinct for the first time in history - at protesting students. This Thursday, however, saw Parliament visit the students rather than the other way around, when the portfolio committee on education took itself to the University of Cape Town to check in on ongoing disruptions at that institution. Spoiler alert: no faeces were thrown at MPs. By REBECCA DAVIS.

Following a shut-down of UCT last week, Parliament's portfolio committee on higher education and training visited the campus on Thursday to meet with students and management. Daily Maverick was on hand to bring you notes from the scene.

Euphemism of the day: "impasses"

Explaining the reason for the portfolio committee on education's visit to UCT, chair Connie September - an ANC MP - said Parliament was concerned that UCT was experiencing "impasses". Over the past two weeks, the impasses have manifested themselves in the following: suspended tests; students forced out of computer labs; smashed windows; university bus tyres slashed; at least two naked protestors arrested for blocking a zebra crossing; and the dumping of human...

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