The article examines the position of the University of Cape Town (UCT) on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. It also provides information on the Mafeje Affair, in which its 40th anniversary was celebrated through a public symposium held at UCT in South Africa in August 2008. The concept of a social policy or racial segregation, as compared to liberal universities was also discussed, as well as their differences in policies and practices. The article also offers a narrative account of the UCT’s decision-making process on the appointment of Archie Mafeje as the senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology.
Rhodes University, Grahamstown