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UKZN Staff & others (2006) UKZN Strike Photo's. CCSS UKZN Strike 2006: -.

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Monday 13 February 2006


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen

Friday 10 February 2006

Day 5 started very well. There are way more people on strike at Howard College than at any time thus far - in fact the place is more or less completely shut down. Lots of the few people who were working have now joined the strike. There was a good picket at the Medical School - perhaps up to a thousand people. Of course most strikers aren't standing in the sun picketing so the pickets don't reflect the full extent of support for the strike. The media is also starting to wake up to the reality of the seriousness of all this. The Mercury has two articles today and the Witness has some stuff too. In the beginning Dasrath 'Gundane' Chetty dominated media presentation of the strike - now union officials and ordinary workers are getting a voice.

The legal threats made against union leaders by management have now made it difficult for them to be comfortable with the more militant forms of protest but it is clear that many want to continue with militancy. There was a suggestion that the union leaders under legal threat stay at the legal picket at the Medical School and that everyone else go to Westville and make another direct confrontation there.

There was a nice sharing of struggle lessons when the Abahlali baseMjondolo style of quick guerilla film making saw a Sally Gilles and Fazel Khan film on days 1 to 4 of the strike being screened at the picket. The Steve Biko lecture theatre had been booked for the screening but at the last minute management banned stikers from the lecture theatre or from entering any of the buildings at all. Stikers are banned from the Biko lecture theatre at the Mandela Medical School and threatened by Sheptone and Whylie, an elite law firm with a colonial history, that appends the 'Proudly South African' slogan on its threatening letters. So it goes....

This strike has often been fought in a carnvial atmosphere. There were elements of that this morning. But there was also tremendous anger at Makgoba's attempts to racialise the torrent of opposition to his autocrat push towards corporatisation. Strikers were told that Makgoba had said, on SAFM this morning, that a group of senior white male academics were behind the strike because they didn't want an African boss. This was greated with popular outrage and contempt. To make matters worse it was also reported that Makgoba has made anti-Indian statements in phone calls to African strike leaders. It was reported that in one case he made racist anti-Indian statements without knowing that he was on a speaker phone.....The fact is that this strike has been absolutely non-racial in every way from leadership through to all modes of participation - any out of town sceptics just have to look at the pictures or the film. In fact one of the many fantastic side bennefits of this strike ha!
s precisely been the fact that it has been so deeply non-racial - in that sense it has been by far the best thing to happen to the university since i first encountered a highly and violently racialised University of Natal in 1989 and an often racist UDW in 1995. This is the first time that I have ever felt at home in the broader university community and I am sure that this true for many, many others.

This strike started out with militant opposition to a leadership style and the trajectory along which the university is being driven. By day 3 Makgoba and Chetty's resignation was being widely demanded. But now with Makgoba's crude and appalling attempts to racialise something beautifully non-racial I can't see that he will ever again have the credibility to lead this institution - even if his corporate vision was accepted.


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


Wednesday 8 February 2006

More people than yesterday...people were guessing 1500 to 2000 but I don't know. I have a picture that shows a good lot of people marching behind a banner saying "Resign Makgoba, MANCO and Council'. Others said 'Down with Dasarath' and 'We Demand Academic Freedom'.

Again the ban on marching was defied and people marched onto management. They were met by a line of riot police on the stairs. At that point union officials crossed over the police line and from the stairs read out managements response - they've offered nothing. A group of stikers wanted to try and make a break through the police lines. The union officials didn't want that and there was a stand off for a while. Eventually people were persuaded to return to the quad and have a meeting there.

A plain clothes cop tried to take Helen Poonen's pictures on the grounds that their camera wasn't working.....He was told, in the technical language of struggle, to voetsek.

That meeting is going on now. I had to leave for an Abahlali meeting but Helen, Fazel or Princess can report back later.

There was still no TV but at least there were some print journalists there today.


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Helen Poonen


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse


By Richard Pithouse

Tuesday 2006 8 February 2006


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


By Amanda Alexander


Monday 6 February 2006


By Richard Pithouse


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By Richard Pithouse

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