Unisa gets interdict against protesters

2016-01-15 15:46
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Pretoria - Unisa has obtained an interdict preventing students from being disruptive or violent on its campuses.

The urgent interdict was obtained on Thursday and notices were posted at all campus entrances, the university said in a statement on Friday.

It restrains students, including the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) and its supporters, from entering the premises to ''instigate disruptive or riotous or violent behaviour''.

It forbids them from assaulting or infringing the human rights of any Unisa employee, contract worker, service provider, student, or visitor to the premises.

Vice Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya said the interdict would help restore normal functioning at the university after a week of battling to register new and returning students.

On Tuesday, protesters ransacked the university's dispatch department, which distributes learning material.

The latest protest was against the university’s outsourcing of labour. Unisa said it was committed to stopping the practice, but needed to examine the contractual ramifications first.

A task team had been given six months to find ways to ''insource''.

Unisa had already agreed to not increase fees, in line President Jacob Zuma’s announcement in October last year.

The university would resume normal business on Monday. Students could get study materials via the MyUnisa portal. Those who had received confirmation of acceptance to study, could register online while operations at all support centres were being restored.

Meanwhile, five student movements distanced themselves from the EFFSC, which they said was campaigning ahead of Student Representative Council elections.

The DA Students Organisation, SA Students Congress, Pan African Students Movement of Azania, the Young Communists League of SA, and the African National Congress Youth League said the EFFSC was using the plight of the workers to advance its own interests.

The students’ organisations wanted Unisa to deal with outstanding applications, allow students to register for free, provide study material immediately after registration, and clear all students’ debt.

They wanted the university to focus on these issues, rather than the ''imaginary'' ones the EFFSC was raising.

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