By Tamutswa Mahari
Three male students attempted a shutdown on Upper Campus on the morning of Tuesday
19 September. The three men caused the evacuation of the Chancellor Oppenheimer
Library and a number of faculty buildings, disrupting lectures and tutorials. The intention of
the shutdown was unclear and speculation was made that it was related to the averted strikes
that were scheduled for last week.
Footage recorded by students of the attempted shutdown:
Among the men was Sibusiso Mpendulo, who has been a part of past shutdowns. He had a
list of demands for the university management which may have motivated the decision to
hold a shutdown. Members of the UCT executive as well as SRC members engaged with the
disrupters until they left the library. The shutdown was short-lived, with the library reopening
two hours later at 12pm, and academic and administrative activities resuming normally.
Although the true reason for the attempt has not been disclosed, UCT administration
continues to investigate and will provided further updates if necessary.