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13 cleaners arrested during protest at UJ

It’s understood they were warned not to demonstrate on campus so that exams could proceed today.

FILE: The UJ workers, along with some students, are calling for an end to outsourcing. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The University Of Johannesburg(UJ) has confirmed 13 cleaners have been arrested at the Kingsway campus this morning for violating a court interdict.

The workers, along with some students, are calling for an end to outsourcing.

Cleaners were warned not to demonstrate on campus so that exams could proceed today.

The university's Mpho Letlape said, "They were arrested for being in violation of their interdict. They had been repeatedly warned and were asked to leave. They did not leave so the police arrested them."

At the same time, the university says it has suspended five students for inciting violence during protests at the institution.

Examinations are underway with a heavy police presence on campus. This comes after protesting cleaning staff were forced off campus yesterday for causing disruptions at a library where students were preparing for exams.

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

This morning, Letlape confirmed that a lift on campus and a change room were also damaged by fire yesterday, while attempts were also made to burn a bus.

It appears there was also an attempt to set fire to a residence in the middle of the night, which did not succeed.

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

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

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

WATCH: UCT students protest over outsourcing