In a letter issued yesterday trade union Solidarity insisted that the University of the Free State (UFS) take proactive steps to ensure the safety of the trade union’s members on campus. This comes after the UFS has been suffering from violent protests since Monday.
“As a trade union we are concerned about the safety of our members on the campus. By law, the university is obliged to ensure the safety of its staff. Should the university fail to fulfil this obligation we will consider taking legal action,” Solidarity Deputy General Secretary for the professional industry Johan Botha said.
According to Botha, the trade union simply can no longer look on while the safety of staff and students is being threatened by violent protest action. “In our letter we have, in view of the explosive situation on campus, given the university a final admonishment to take firm action against those who are disrupting campus activities,” Botha said.