Protest action continues at UJ and UCT

Scores of students and workers were arrested outside University of Johannesburg's Kingsway Campus on Friday.

Lawyers say it could take several hours before protesters are released from Brixton police station. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As university students across the country sit down to write exams, protest action continues at some campuses around Johannesburg and Cape Town, reiterating the call for an end to the outsourcing of workers.

About 150 students and workers were arrested outside University of Johannesburg's Kingsway Campus on Friday for contravening a court order and blocking the main university road.

Wits students joined in the protest action saying the cause is noble.

Students' Representative Council Secretary General Fasiha Hassan says, "Regardless of the institution that we are from, our cause remains the same and our goal remains the same. Wits is here in our numbers to support our people from UJ. But really now there's no institution affiliation. We are all here for the same reason."

At the same time, at the University of Cape Town more than 200 workers and students protested on campus burning tyres.

They say all they want from management is a fair deal which offers them job security.

Workers at the institution are unhappy that National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) signed a deal without consulting them.

Fees Must Fall leader Athabile Nonxuba says the agreement signed by Nehawu lacks substance.

"We do not want a vague statement or agreement. We want an agreement that is more detailed, that has conditions and has a minimum wage. It must be more detailed on what's going to happen. Who is going to be insourced and how are they going to be insourced."