Law and order returns to Unisa

Police get ready to disperse protesters at the Unisa Sunnyside campus on Monday. PHOTO: Ron Sibiya

Unisa re-opened its Sunnyside and Muckleneuk campuses on Monday after the police stepped in to disperse protesting staff.

Operations were put on hold since last week because of protests by outsourced security guards and cleaners, who had also been joined by disgruntled students.

The protesters were demanding fulltime employment by the university and a minimum wage of R10 000 a month.

These protesters earlier vowed to bring the two campuses to a standstill until university principal professor Mandla Makhanya addressed them.

“…Makhanya must address the workers and students”, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) student leader Mpho Morolana said, addressing hundreds of furious protesters.

Unisa interdicted protesters last Thursday against disrupting operations but Morolana said the workers would protest until their demands were met.

Police dispersed the protesters without using force.

They drove the Nyala towards protesters, forcing them to scatter before allowing students access to over-the-counter-services for registration.

Entrance to the university’s Sunnyside campus was strictly controlled. All students were searched at the gate to prevent violence on the premises.

Also read: 

Peaceful protest at Unisa

Outsourced staff strike at Unisa

Unisa campuses remain closed

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Ron Sibiya
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