Nzimande welcomes UCT, Wits commitment to end outsourcing

Addressing the National Assembly, he told MPs the universities have taken a ‘very important step’.

FILE: Blade Nzimande. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has welcomed a commitment by University of Cape Town (UCT) and Wits University to end the practice of outsourcing workers.

Addressing the National Assembly this afternoon, he told Members of Parliament the universities have taken a very important step.

"I stand here honourable deputy speaker to welcome the decision by UCT and Wits in committing to insourcing workers and doing away with outsourcing."

The issue was taken up by protesting students as part of the Fees Must Fall campaign against rising tuition fees recently.

On Sunday, Wits management announced an agreement to insourcing, in principle, after meeting with representatives of workers and students.

WATCH: UCT students protest over outsourcing

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mduduzi Manana had by Monday not honoured a promise made to protesting students outside Parliament.

Manana promised to have answers to some of the students' grievances, which include a complete ban on outsourcing and more affordable tertiary education.

Disgruntled UCT and University of the Western Cape (UWC) students said they were not discouraged by the deputy minister of higher education not showing.