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UJ students, workers occupy Kingsway campus

They are calling for an end to the outsourcing of workers at the institution.

UJ students say the longer management takes to address them, the longer exams will be delayed. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Student leaders at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Kingsway campus say they want management to follow the example of other institutions by leaving their offices to address them outside.

Protesting students and workers have vowed not to leave the campus until management addresses them.

They are calling for an end to the outsourcing of workers at the institution.

University management will hold a briefing with the media this afternoon to clarify UJ's stance on the possible insourcing of workers.

But it's still unclear whether those currently protesting outside the Kingsway campus will be addressed today.

Student leaders say the Fees Must Fall movement will not stop until workers' needs are addressed.

SRC member Xolani Mkhaliphi says workers and students just want to speak to the vice chancellor.

"We want the management, more especially the vice chancellor, to come down."

He says they have, however, been told there will no address by management.

"The communique that we received from management made it very clear that the vice chancellor would not come down, which makes things worse."

#OccupyUJ The situation at the University of Johannesburg at the moment. DB. pic.twitter.com/cufTD7fNZz

Despite pepper spray and alleged physical assaults by security officials, protesters says they will continue with their peaceful protest.

UJ management has committed to discussing the issue of outsourcing at the next council meeting.

However, workers and students are calling for the system to be completely abandoned and want a clear timeline of how it will happen.

They say that the longer management takes to address them, the longer exams will be delayed.

More protesters are expected to gather at the Kingsway campus in coming weeks if demands are not met.

21 years forward in democracy then 39 years back to 1976! We have failed #OccupyUJ 💔😔

What is happening at the University of Johannesburg reminds me of Chimamanda Adichie's "The World Was Silent When We Died" #OccupyUJ

Should this be your mother before you care? #OccupyUJ #EndOutsourcing pic.twitter.com/6soxO4GMgJ

I have never seen such brutality at the hands of University management #occupyuj #shutdownuj

This is what they did you our Mothers, Brothers and Sisters ✊

#OccupyUJ pic.twitter.com/FcMiiiM66g

We are giving the protesting cleaners some juice. Any assistance would appreciated #OccupyUJ pic.twitter.com/10QbQGrbWN

UCT, WITS ON OUTSOURCING

On Tuesday higher education minister Blade Nzimande welcomed a commitment by University of Cape Town (UCT) and Wits University to end the practice of outsourcing workers.

Addressing the National Assembly, he told Members of Parliament the universities had 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.