The indiscriminate and wanton destruction of public facility is becoming reckless and crude especially in tertiary institutions. A sudden violence broke out at the University of Pretoria’s Onderstepoort campus on Friday morning, following a week of strike action by members of the National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

Nehawu embarked on a strike last Friday, demanding a 13th cheque, an 8% salary increase, and better medical aid.

Ongoing negotiations with the university have deadlocked more than once since the strike started.

On Friday, university spokesperson Candice Jooste said striking Nehawu members had been involved in a violent incident and malicious damage to property at the university’s Onderstepoort campus in the morning. 

“The university condemns this display of violence, considering our willingness to continue negotiations in good faith,” said Jooste.