Protests at UCT over outsourcing

A student activists says there may be a possible shut down of the institution later today.

The City Town’s traffic department says it has received reports of burning tyres on the University of Cape Town’s Upper and Middle Campuses on 9 November 2015. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) Upper and Middle Campuses are calm after a small group of protesters set tyres alight earlier this morning.

Barricades of burnt tyres and rubble have been cleared up the small group attempted to wreak havoc at the institution.

All that's left behind is the smoldering remains of a few burnt tyres in a tunnel linking UCT's upper and middle campuses.

In the sports center, accounting students have begun writing their examinations.

Other students are quietly trickling into their buildings.

The institution earlier tweeted it would continue to remove barriers and ensure exams continue without any disruptions.

Protestors have placed several barricades on campus. Mostly burning tires. We've cleared most & will continue to do so. Exams still continue

Earlie, a Cape Talk listener said he had witnessed tyres burning on the campus just before 6am.

"I went for an early morning run, got up to the subway that goes into UCT and as I got there, at about 5:40 am, I heard a trickling noise and went to look and there was a whole pile of tyres burning there."


A student activist confirmed to Eyewitness News that tyres were burnt earlier.

She added that there may be a possible shut down of the institution later today due to unresolved disputes around the outsourcing of staff members.

Last week, UCT 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.

FeesMustFall leader Athabile Nonxuba, says the agreement signed by Nehawu lacks substance.