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Chaos descends on UWC over outsourcing of workers

Workers have disrupted lectures and attempted to set a bin alight in the study hall today.

Workers protested at the University of the Western Cape over outsourcing on Monday, 22 February 2016. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Disruptive protests have erupted at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where a group of workers are calling for an end to outsourcing.

Workers have brought campus to a standstill interrupting lectures and threatening to occupy the administration building.

They have vowed to intensify their mass action until the vice chancellor heeds their calls.

Additional security, dressed in black combat gear, as well as public order police have arrived on campus to monitor the situation.

Chaos erupted earlier today when protesters stormed lecture halls, ransacked packed classrooms and attempted to set a bin alight in the study hall.

A student recalled how her law lecture was disrupted.

"They came in and threw two bins into the lecture theatre. I am actually quite shaken right now. Class is dismissed and we were just told to be careful.

The workers are calling for the end of outsourcing and a minimum wage of at least R10,000.

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