Unisa reports disruptions due to ‘industrial action’

The University of South Africa (Unisa) has reported more problems at its campuses due to protests.

In an announcement titled “Disruption of face-to-face services during industrial action“, the university points out how students may not be able to use school facilities as intended.

“Due to industrial action that is currently taking place on some of our campuses, some of our facilities might not be available for face-to-face student support. In the meantime, students are encouraged to communicate with the university via online platforms. Please visit the student enquiries page on the university’s website to check email addresses of various support services [link]. Our apologies for the inconvenience,” the announcement reads.

Last week protests interrupted graduation ceremonies at Unisa, a shockingly similar incident to what happened in March.

While Unisa is no stranger to protests and other “industrial action”, it seems these incidents are becoming more common.

In response to the April graduation protests the university issued an update outlining several steps it is taking to combat these problems which includes a court interdict, suspension of staff who participated in (according to Unisa) illegal activities, upscaling of security and other measures.

There is mention of dealing with salary disputes, that is believed to be the root of at least some of the protests.

Once again we will have to wait and see how this situation is dealt with and if regular matters can resume.


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