High security at UFS as classes resume

2016-02-29 12:11
Police keeping a close watch at UFS. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Police keeping a close watch at UFS. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Security was doubled at the University of Free State on Monday as classes resumed after a week of protests.

The media was not allowed on campus and security guards requested those entering to show their students cards, as the police kept a close watch.  

Security measures had been doubled up to ensure the safety of students, staff and public property, said spokesperson Lacea Loader.  

Loader said a court interdict was in place and would be used if required.

"The university regrets the destruction of public property and the intimidation of staff and students which led to the shutdown of academic and administrative activities on the Bloemfontein Campus.

"Unlawful disruptions, including those involving criminal conduct, will not be tolerated," she said.   

She said the university had started a comprehensive and independent investigation into criminal activities on campus.  

Last week on Monday, a small group of students led by the SRC president also decided to protest, which culminated in a mass brawl at the Varsity Cup rugby match at Shimla Park stadium.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the university struck a deal with workers at the university which ended their week-long protest.  

University management briefed workers on Thursday morning and promised to employ them directly after their contracts ended.   

Trevor Shaku, of the students' and workers' forum, said once the workers’ contracts expired, the university would employ them directly. By July 2017, every worker would be insourced.   

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