On Monday, 4 June 2018 Political Analysis South Africa’s Thando Maeko spoke to Yonela Tukwayo, who is the Spokesperson for the Walter Sisulu University (WSU).
There is no end in sight for a strike by workers and lecturers at the WSU. Workers are demanding an 8%, wage increase, while the university’s management has offered a 6.3% increment. The university claims that it is unable to offer a higher increase because it is already allocated over half of its annual budget to operating costs.
Tukwayo has denied claims by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) that the office of the vice-chancellor has overspent its budget on security rather than paying employee wages.
“That is outright propaganda… any business person will tell you that you’ve got to strike a balance between your operational cost with various line items, and in terms of our HR spend we are already exceeding the standard norm of 60% of our operating budget,” she said.
Listen to the audio below for the full interview.