Wits investigating cause of worker's death

The cleaner died after being treated for inhaling fumes from an extinguisher used during last week's protests.

FILE: A student uses a fire extinguisher to create cover during skirmishes with private security at Senate House at Wits University. Picture: Nina Leslie/i-Witness

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says investigations are underway to determine what caused the death of one of its workers who died amid the ongoing protests over free education.

Yesterday the university confirmed the death of the cleaner, who d ied after being treated for inhaling fumes from an extinguisher which was set off during last week's protests.

It's understood the cleaner had been working at the Jubilee Hall when protesting students allegedly triggered one of the fire extinguishers.

The worker was treated on the campus before being rushed to hospital, but died shortly after being discharged.

The university's spokesperson Shirona Patel explains: "The cleaner was rushed to the campus health and wellness centre and then taken to hospital where he was treated for a few days. The cleaner was discharged from hospital and then passed away.

"The cause of death is still to be determined and the university is awaiting a report from the service provider before commenting further."