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Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission

The Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC) Steering Committee was established as a result of a period of unprecedented tension at the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the end of 2016. The creation of the multi-stakeholder steering committee that will oversee the proposed IRTC was one of the resolutions made in the 6 November 2016 agreement, which effectively brought the waves of continuing protest at the university to a halt.

The agreement, which was signed between the UCT executive and protesting student groups, paved the way for the establishment of the IRTC, whose aims are to

The IRTC’s objective is to map an inclusive and fair course for the university as it tackles the legacy of the so-called Shackville protests and to focus on the issues that have caused division on our university campus.



IRTC foundations being laid
Published: 16:00, 23 February 2017

IRTC foundations being laid

Representation, terms of reference, clemency and other important background issues were discussed at UCT’s Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission Steering Committee meeting on 23 February.


Reconciliation and transformation commission kicks off
Published: 15:15, 3 February 2017

Reconciliation and transformation commission kicks off

UCT’s Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission’s multi-stakeholder steering committee laid the groundwork for its future tasks at its first meeting on 26 January.

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From the Chair: First meeting of the IRTC Steering Committee
Released: 20:50, 27 January 2017

The first meeting of the IRTC steering committee was held on 26 January 2017. The manner in which the meeting was conducted and concluded not only reflected the commitment of the UCT community to address these challenging matters, but also our ability to reach consensus on difficult issues in the spirit of robust debate and dialogue.


Agreement with the SRCCandidates/ShackvilleTRC and other student formations
Signed: 6 November 2016

Higher education in our country is at a cross-roads. There are national issues, particularly related to fees, access and affordability, that need to be resolved as a matter of urgency. At UCT we have our own particular challenges that we need to address alongside these national issues related broadly to questions of transformation, decolonisation, curriculum change, institutional culture, names of buildings and symbols, rape culture and gender identities.

 

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Read the 6 November agreement

Read the declaration by students seeking clemency