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Wits calls the cops as #EndOutSourcing protest continues

Early on Friday, the management of the University of Witwatersrand said it had obtained an interim interdict from the South Gauteng high court to prevent disruptions on its campuses. 

According to the statement, the interdict will allow the university management to call police to control entry into the university campuses, prevent harassment of staff and students and quell the disruption of lectures. High Court Judge Bashier Vally granted the interdict on condition that freedom of expression at the university is not impeded.

The interdict comes as a group of students and staff at Wits continue to protest against the university’s outsourcing of labour.

While lectures have resumed and the university appears to be operating with relative ease and little disruption, students and staff who have identified themselves as “Fees Must Fall”  met with Vice Chancellor Adam Habib in “Solomon Mahlangu House” on Wednesday afternoon to discuss their grievances.

 

 

Halfway through the meeting, large crowds of singing workers from Education Campus entered the concourse, and in the chaos of the growing crowd, a fight broke out. EFF Wits chair Vuyani Pambo immediately took platform and urged the crowd to be calm, so that the rest of the proceedings could occur in peace.

Habib agreed that he would enter into negotiations on some of the responses to the points the group put forward, and said the university was already discussing the possibility of insourcing. Another meeting has been scheduled for 12pm on Sunday, 1 November.

A revised exam timetable is expected to be released later today.

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