On Friday morning, Hugh Amoore, the University of Cape Town registrar, notified theÂ Rhodes Must Fall movement that students and staff had until 2pm on Friday to vacate theÂ Bremner Building. Rhodes Must Fall members will only leave if management agrees toÂ their conditions. The eviction notice comes after the removal of the Cecil John RhodesÂ statue from campus on Thursday evening.
Many students will still be catching their breath after celebrating theÂ statueâ€™s removal yesterday. But on Friday, their revelry was cut short. In a letter,Â Amoore told members of the occupation that the university management hadÂ â€œhereby withdrawnâ€ any consent given to the Rhodes Must Fall supporters to occupy the administration building.
â€œThe Council has made clear that its decision to remove the statue must be seenÂ as an expression of Councilâ€™s renewed commitment to the project ofÂ transformation at UCT,â€ Amoore wrote.
StudentsÂ called an emergency meetingÂ via Facebook in response to the letter. BothÂ students and staff have occupied the building for three weeks toÂ disrupt the processes of management and to ensure their demands are heard.
Should they fail to comply with the eviction notice, Amoore said, they willÂ be â€œcontravening rules of conductâ€ and may be summoned to the high court.
Before the statue fell, UCT vice chancellor Max Price told the Daily Vox that universityÂ management respected the occupation.
â€œOur view is that the students have behaved with dignity and respected otherÂ peopleâ€™s dignity,â€ Price said.