Steven Tau
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20 Jan 2016
8:28 am

Unisa student protest continues

Steven Tau

"If Unisa fail to come back to us, then we will continue to make sure that the total shutdown continues."

Protesting students at Unisa Sunnyside campus in Pretoria on. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Student leader from the University of South Africa (Unisa), Ntando Sindane has denied claims that some of the students have been carrying petrol bombs during the #FeesMustFall protest action, which has now entered it’s ninth day.

Despite the agreement reached between Wits University and student leaders this week, Sindane said students from Unisa have made it clear that their protest action in which they demand free tertiary education and for outsourcing to be completely stopped, will continue until such time that their demands are met.

Speaking to The Citizen, Sindane said protesters were on Wednesday morning greeted by what he termed as “riot” private security officials, who started chasing them and assaulting them.

“These security officials also told the police that some of our students were carrying petrol bombs.

“These barbaric actions by the securities is a clear indication to us that the university management is now starting to feel the pressure, but having said that, our communication channels remain open and if Unisa fail to come back to us, then we will continue to make sure that the total shutdown of operations continue,” Sindane said.

Elsewhere, the University of Pretoria (UP) tweeted on Tuesday night that the campus will remain closed on Wednesday, as the engagement process on insourcing is continuing.-stevent@citizen.co.za