2016-12-01 06:00

Songezo Mazizi, who was suspended from the university, said he was happy with the court judgement.

“Workers can exercise their right to freedom of association, marching and to strike.

“UWC is opposed to those rights. UWC is refusing to insource Black workers. (Although) insourcing is a noble cause, it doesn’t answer the national question; free education,” he says.

Monde Nonabe, a #FeesMustFall leader, accused the university of protecting White interests and power.

“Freedom can’t be negotiated. We are resolute and we can’t be shut down by anyone.

We need to advance our struggle and we must wake up one day to find our parents not exploited anymore.

We know the university is threatening us and we need to fight.

We know they demoralize us by sending the police, imprison us and taking us to the courts of law.

Asanda Bleki, President of the Student Representative Council, said he’s happy that the workers were now allowed to protest and it was a fair verdict.

“Not to allow(the right to protest) and use the interdict harks back to Apartheid. Our parents are being exploited. We would be seeking an independent mediator.

Regarding outsourcing, we don’t know who benefits financially. We are members of the council so we need to propose this to them, Bleki said.

Sibulelo Ganda said it’s important to get an outside person because the transactions to the companies could be very expensive.

“An outsider would explain everything. It would be not aligned with these companies. We need to raise this issue. We are going to push for it. It concerns me because the University claims to be the University of the Left but the way they treat workers, I really doubt.

He said as the SRC would use their skills to argue for mediation because that’s the only way that could bring peace and unity among the university management and the students.

Luthando Tyhalibongo, UWC spokesperson didn’t respond to the questions sent to him by email.

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