Steven Tau
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3 Mar 2016
1:44 pm

Threats of a total shutdown at Unisa

Steven Tau

"This has left us with no other option but to return to the streets."-Senokoane

Protests continue at Unisa Sunnyside campus in Pretoria on 11 January 2016. Protests were ongoing since last year around outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Thursday’s meeting aimed at finding a solution to the protest action which gripped the University of South Africa (Unisa) this week, hit a snag and as a result a ‘total shutdown’ of operations is being planned, general secretary of the Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA), Boitumelo Senkoane said on Thursday.

At least two meetings between management were held on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
During the first meeting, an agreement was reached, resulting in the suspension of the protest, pending the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting.

However, speaking to The Citizen, Senokoane said instead of management coming back with an enticing counter offer, they brought nothing on the table.

Workers have been demanding a top up of R8000, and the termination of contracts with service providers with immediate effect, among other things.

Senokoane said they were disappointed with the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting.

“This has left us with no other option but to return to the streets.

“We are now planning a total shutdown of operations at all Unisa campuses, and we are going to start with the main campus in Sunnyside on Thursday,” Senokoane said.

Meanwhile students who are also members of the EFF Students Command (EFFSC), have also given management until Friday to respond to their demands, ranging from funding to language policy.

According to EFFSC leader, Mpho Morolane, management has been given until 11am on Friday to respond.

Some of the country’s institutions of higher learning have in recent weeks been marred by violent protest.

Universities that were affected, include University of Free State (UFS), University of Pretoria (UP) as well as North West University (NWU) Mahikeng