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2016-01-19 14:30
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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Pretoria - The University of Pretoria remained closed on Tuesday, with two interdicts in place to prevent further protests.

At the same time, talks over staff outsourcing continued after this was raised as a cause of the protests.

"We are hoping to open as soon as possible," said spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer.

The university obtained an interdict last week when protesters disrupted operations to draw attention to their demand to end outsourcing.

They want the university to employ workers directly, and not through a middleman, and for workers to get a minimum salary of R10 000 a month.

A second interdict restricted protesters from being near the university's entrances.

The university had committed itself to phasing-in the hiring of the workers directly as their contracts ended, because there were significant financial penalties attached to cancelling long-term contracts.

Other campuses, such as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University, a hotbed of protests over free increases and outsourcing in October last year, were quiet on Tuesday.

"It's just the staff here," said CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley.

Last year's #FeesMustFall protests succeeded in freezing fee increases for 2016.

Many students were currently writing exams that were deferred because of the protests.

In Johannesburg, Student Representative Council leaders from various universities and the SA Council of Churches were meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

This followed a meeting last week with the student leaders and Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

At that meeting, eight student bodies walked out. This mystified Nzimande, who said many of the changes they wanted were already being implemented.

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