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unisaCity Press reports that in a leaked audio recording, Thembani Baloyi, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) branch secretary at the University of SA (Unisa), alleges that for only R200, young, vagrant drug addicts desperate for money for their next hit – known as nyaope boys – were available for hire to molest and sjambok women members of staff at the university.

Baloyi was addressing protesting workers affiliated with the union at the university’s main campus in Pretoria last week. Unisa has been embroiled in a dispute with the union since March over salary increases and the suspension of five Nehawu members, who were allegedly at the centre of a strike. What seemed to have irked Baloyi was Unisa’s decision to implement a no work, no pay rule for days in March when striking workers failed to perform their duties. In the recording, Baloyi alleged that the Unisa management had implemented the rule without informing the affected employees. Nehawu national spokesperson Lwazi Nkolonzi said the union was still investigating the matter and a statement would be issued after its probe had been finalised. In the recording, Baloyi could be heard saying: "You must tell them: ‘It might not be Baloyi, but there are a lot of nyaope boys who want the R200. They’re going to come and molest you. These [are] things we’re going to do to them and not care, because people are putting our lives in danger without caring. We’re going to make an example [of them] next week. There’s going to be gender-based violence in this institution next week. You’ll see and we won’t care. You’ll hear that a nyaope boy sjambokked a woman coming to work.” Baloyi added that the cars belonging to staff members would be torched, including that of Vuyo Peach, a professor of law and Unisa’s head of legal services, who was a member of the team dealing with strike-related matters. Apparently, Peach has opened a criminal case against Baloyi, who is allegedly on the run.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Msindisi Fengu at City Press

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