Students demand an end to outsourcing, no registration fees

Fees Must Fall protests have spread across the Gauteng province, reaching Wits, UP and Unisa.

FILE: Police have denied students access onto the University of Pretoria campus on 12 January 2016. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Students at Gauteng universities are demanding an end to outsourcing, saying the labour practice is a rights violation that cannot be tolerated.

Students at the University of South Africa(Unisa) are calling on all staff and academics to join their protest.

Earlier, students clashed with police at the entrance of the main campus in Pretoria, after they blocked the road.

Cleaners and security guards are employed by Red Alert and Servest but want direct employment from Unisa.

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Student Command president Mpho Morolane says staff need to stand in solidarity with cleaners and security guards.

"The academics and all administrators who are employed permanently by the university should also join the struggles."

Security guard, Dovhani Mudau, at the protest says he now faces disciplinary action for protesting against outsourcing.

"I am feeling bad, I am not feeling safe to return to them."

Cleaner, Lebo Mbalatha, says she's worked at Unisa for six years.

"When I arrived here in 2009, I was earning R1,800 but now you see is 2016 and I am earning R2,700 - but I work hard."

Police have maintained a strong presence here but most protesters are dispersing.

Unisa has been closed and registration has been suspended for the day due to the protest at its main and Sunnyside campuses by workers and students

Elsewhere in the capital, protesting students at the University of Pretoria say the human rights of workers at the institution are being violated.

Registration at the university has been suspended as a result of this week's demonstrations.

Cleaning staff say they would like benefits such as medical aid.

They also say they're being ill-treated by their employers and struggle to make ends meet.

The EFF student commands' Naledi Chirwa says workers have been compromised for far too long.

"They get paid peanuts; not even peanuts because at least you can eat peanuts. R2,000 is only transport money. You can't buy food for your children, can't even pay rent. It's always a hand-to-mouth basis."


At the same time, a small group of protesting students are calling for an immediate halt to registration at Wits University.

The university says the registration process has gone smoothly today with a few hundred students already enrolled 2016 academic year.

A small group of protesting students at wits are calling for a halt to registration.

Wits University has stressed that there are no registration fees this year.

The first instalment for students' studies is due at the end of March, but a payment plan can be arranged.

Fatima Moutlouse, however, says they are still calling for free education.

"Our mandate is that we want free quality education now - for all people across all boards."

Students also say a number of other issues haven't been resolved, including historical debt.

There's a heavy security presence on campus, with guards monitoring the small the group of protesters.

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