The Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela is expected to meet with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) management and staff on Tuesday in an effort to break the deadlock in the seven-week long strike.

This is the second time that the deputy minister will step in at the institution.

Manamela will be joined by the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

The three labour unions representing striking staff turned to the Labour Court on Friday in a bid to get the institution’s decision to dock the salaries of striking workers overturned.

Nehawu spokesperson Khaya Xaba says, “The aim of the meeting is to try to find an intervention in relation to the impasse that is currently taking place at the university and hopefully we will come up with a suitable solution that will benefit both the university and the workers.”

“We are optimistic that something positive will come out of this meeting but we are willing to sacrifice. We are willing to put forward the needs of students which are to go back to class,” adds Xaba.

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