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uctNews24Wire reports that the University of Cape Town (UCT) says it will not tolerate further disruptions by a group of people not employed by it, but who have protested on its campus wanting the institution to give them jobs.  

According to the university, the protesters comprise about 60 workers employed by Bytes Document Centre, Protea Boekwinkel, Food and Connect (Pty) Ltd, Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Protea Hotel Mowbray, Food Vendors and the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (Shawco).  They provide a range of services to the university and have been protesting at UCT for the past two weeks, demanding to be in-sourced.  The institution was, however, unable to address their demands as they were employed by independent business entities outside of the university, UCT spokesperson Elijah Mohololahe indicated.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the group entered several UCT buildings, including kitchens and classrooms, and instructed staff and students to leave the buildings, resulting in several classes being abandoned.  The disruption meant students could not get food in campus cafeterias and had to be given vouchers.  The institution also clarified that the protests were in no way related to sexual and gender-based violence or labour issues by its own staff.

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