On Friday, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College students were engaged in a heated interaction against Metro Police, SAPS and private security company MI7. These three forces had united to stop a student and worker protest against outsourcing. Students were standing in solidarity with the workers who have stopped working for the past two weeks. QINISO MBILI captured images of the action.
When the students felt intimidated by the police, they moved to another spot on campus to gather and sing.
The students say they are protesting in solidarity with the workers in order to speed up the university’s reaction. The students want the cleaners to come back to work as soon as possible as the dirt piles up day by day and threatens the students’ health.
Four people have been arrested as a result of the past days’ unrest. The four detainees, two cleaners and two students, were denied bail this past weekend and continue to seek legal assistance. Cleaners and students at the campus vow to continue with the struggle until university does something about insourcing.