19 May 2017

South Africa: Nehawu Protesters Arrested After Violent Clash

Photo: Nehawu
National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union workers (file photo).

Three protesters have been arrested following a brief clash with police earlier at the University of Pretoria (UP) where teargas was deployed and Nehawu members retaliated by throwing stones and bricks.

Earlier, members tried to gain entry into the university grounds at an open gate on Lynnwood Road after the main gate was closed.

As members tried moving onto the university grounds, police fired two canisters of teargas at protesters who responded by throwing stones and bricks at police, before being calmed down by Nehawu leadership.

Regional branch chairperson for Nehawu, Joseph Makhasa, said three of their members were arrested and that they are currently negotiating their release. UP security said that two men had been arrested.

Makhasa said Nehawu members who are employed by the university are protesting for a 13th cheque, better medical aid and an 8% salary increase.

Makhasa said if their demands are not met, they intend on disrupting the UP open day, to be held on Saturday, May 20, at the university.

Source: News24

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