Protests continue at UKZN

2016-02-16 17:36
UKZN students protesting on the Westville campus. (The Daily Vox, Twitter)

UKZN students protesting on the Westville campus. (The Daily Vox, Twitter)

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Durban – Illegal protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) continued on its Westville, Edgewood, Howard College, and Pietermaritzburg campuses, officials said on Tuesday.

The protesters, mostly gardeners, cleaners and security guards, downed tools last week to demand that UKZN end outsourcing and employ them directly.

UKZN spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said a group of around 700 contract workers and students disrupted lectures on the Howard College campus. Small-scale violent protests took place on the Edgewood campus. Police and security guards brought it under control.

On Tuesday, the university obtained an interim court order to ensure the safety of staff, students, and visitors, and to protect its property. 

The university respected the rights of those who wanted to protest lawfully and peacefully. It was continuing to hold talks with contractors, protesters, and labour representatives to try and resolve the impasse, Seshoka said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said police were monitoring the situation. 

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