Protests broke at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) main campus on Monday evening.
According to Lukhanyo Vangqa, a CPUT Student, they are protesting over the delayed in-sourcing of the previously outsourced workers, lack of accommodation for students and the suspension of four students.
He claims that the university has had four vice-chancellors in the space of 10 months, which in itself is major challenge.
We have leadership paralysis that is unable to deal with all these operational issues within the university.— Lukhanyo Vangqa, CPUT Student
Vangqa denied allegations that students wrestled with a private security officer, took his gun and stabbed him.
I am not aware of any security officer who was wrestled with nor am I aware of a security officer who was stabbed...— Lukhanyo Vangqa, CPUT Student
But why is a private security officer down on campus in the first place?— Lukhanyo Vangqa, CPUT Student
When we start a peaceful protest it turns violent in response to the violent reaction of the security guards. They cannot distinguish between a peaceful protest and a violent protest.— Lukhanyo Vangqa, CPUT Student
Communications officer at CPUT, Lauren Kansley, says the university has been engaging student leadership on the matters raised for months. She says they have provided accommodation for 200 students who were allegedly homeless.
On the issue of in-sourcing, Kansley says students have hijacked negotiations with the workers and made them believe that the contracts given by the university are invalid.
The in-sourcing matter is a tricky one... they [students] have hijacked the matter but we have given them [workers] contracts and the induction would've started today.— Lauren Kansley, Communications officer at CPUT
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