Worker at University of Pretoria dies in wood chipper accident

The University of Pretoria. Photo: File.

The tragic death of a Servest staff member has left the university community shocked and bereaved.

Mokhithi Moeti, whose employer was contracted to the University of Pretoria, died after he was pulled into a wood chipper machine while on duty at the university.

His body was discovered by a co-worker on Monday and police were immediately called to the scene.

In a statement, the university’s ANC Youth League (ANCYL) branch said the staff member’s death was as a result of negligence.

“We cannot be silent whilst a worker dies at work, operating a machine alone which should be operated by at least four people, because the university and its contractor Servest only care about cutting costs.”

The ANCYL branch said that outsourced workers were treated as “useless extras” who meant nothing to the university community. They called for outsourcing to be abolished at the university.

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“We no longer want Servest on our campus.”

University spokesperson, Jocelyn Newmarch, said the police were still investigating the accident.

“The investigative team has thus far been unable to conclusively determine the cause of the accident. However, the SAPS and the department of labour are still finalising their investigation.”

“Servest and UP will also continue to support Mokhithi’s family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of them,” Newmarch said.

A memorial service for Moeti will be held on Friday at the Dutch Reformed church in Hatfield.


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