Unisa has condemned the ‘disturbing’ protest action allegedly carried out by members of the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (NEHAWU) of Wednesday 19 April 2022.
The university said that protestors invaded the graduation hall with the intention to disrupt the proceedings.
The events on Wednesday led the University to postpone a graduation ceremony set to take place at 18:00. This as protests may have placed the safety of all stakeholders at risk, explained the University.
They said, “This unlawful act, which included an unfortunate discharge of a pepper spray canister, caused considerable panic and discomfort to students, guests and staff of the university and left many feeling unsafe on the premises of the university”.
“The university will, in due course, communicate in writing the details of alternative graduation arrangements that will be put in place for students affected by the postponement of yesterday’s evening session” said Unisa.
The union previously protested and disrupted several graduation ceremonies in March. The protest was a result of Unisa’s decision to pull out of a salary adjustment agreement with workers according to the disgruntled union.
Unisa subsequently moved to postpone several ceremonies that were meant to take place. They also released a statement in March 2022 in which they claimed the dispute that led to the strike action was resolved.
Further updates on postponed graduation ceremonies will be communicated directly to stakeholders.