Unisa terminates contracts of employees who disrupted graduation ceremonies

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The University of South Africa (Unisa) has terminated the employment contracts of five staffers, who led the disruption of graduation ceremonies between March and April this year.

The five employees , who were striking National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members,  have been on precautionary suspension since April 19, following their participation in illegal strike action.

In a statement, Unisa says they violated the institution’s Ethics and Employee Disciplinary Codes.

Reasons for the termination of their contracts also include violating a court order, the incitement of public violence and malicious damage to property.

The university says despite the warning issued to striking Nehawu members, they continued with the unlawful action.

In March, planned graduation ceremonies were suspended at Unisa, as workers affiliated to Nehawu continued their protest over salaries.