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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Belinda Bozzoli.]

Mr Elijah Moholola has responded to a stinging critique of UCT’s dithering around the banning and relocation of works of art on the campus, with a certain degree of incomprehension. UCTs critics (Elisa Galgut and William Daniels) have called the University out on its “bull***t’, using the arguments of philosopher Harry Frankfurt. Moholola has chosen to read this critique as a compilation of expletives. This is embarrassing for the University and leaves the argument made by Galgut and Daniels untouched.

What Galgut and Daniels, via Frankfurt’s concepts, wish to draw our attention to is the post-truth universe which UCT seems to have bought into in rationalizing away its shameful treatment of some of our most prominent and admired artists. In this universe, people do not always simply lie about things (as former UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price seems to have done when he reassured me that the University would be building an Art Museum or Gallery in which all the art the University owned could be displayed. There is no sign that such a Gallery is on the cards). They play around with the truth. They obfuscate, bamboozle, mystify, muddle and befuddle. They say the opposite of what they mean. They confuse and perplex, blur and bewilder.

This is the game being played by UCT. For example, it appears to have embarked upon an endless process of review and revision about art on the campus, and it seems that no conclusion is ever reached and indeed, none will ever be reached. It is a review that is not a review, because the word “review”; implies that some decisive conclusion will be reached and recommendations made. Meanwhile, artists’ works remain covered, boarded, hidden and disguised while the interminable “consultation” continues.

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