Amid calls from the United Nations Secretary General to the South African Government to abandon the apartheid system of racial segregation, there's been more unrest at the University of the Western Cape.
CU: Richard Van der Ross rector of the Western Cape University speaking in English
SV: Adam Small South African Poet and Playwright speaking in English
CU: Adam Small speaking in English
PROFESSOR VAN DER ROSS: "It was a pity that riot police came. It was never the intention that riot police should come. It was my intention that there should be a police presence, in order to curb those people on the campus who were victimising and making it impossible for these students who wished to attend classes to do so. There was a high degree of intimidation and I believe that it had gone to the point where the rights of those students who wished to study were being used by students against other students, and the intention was simply to show that this would not be tolerated."
REPORTER:"What is your attitude to the schools boycott, and the boycott of all educational institutions?"
ADAM SMALL:"I do not think that education should be boycotted. If it indeed happens, as it did happen, it should only be as a means of bringing something to the attention of the public and the authorities which needs immediate redress. But when it goes to the point where it makes further normal educational process impossible, as a boycott that lasts several months, then of course it's entirely counter productive But that this boycott has brought certain things to the surface there is no doubt. And equally no doubt in my mind that we should now return to normal and get on with the business of education."
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Background: Amid calls from the United Nations Secretary General to the South African Government to abandon the apartheid system of racial segregation, there's been more unrest at the University of the Western Cape. Professor Richard Van Der Ross, the University's first black rector called in police to protect his student from what he called "intimidation" following an education boycott. The University's Head of Philosophy, the renowned black poet Adam Small, blamed the unrest on the Government because of unequal opportunity in schools. But first, Professor Van Der Ross: