National 20.9.2016 10:56 am

Two TUT campuses shut down

TUT students barricade parts of Nelson Mandela Drive in the Pretoria CBD.

TUT students barricade parts of Nelson Mandela Drive in the Pretoria CBD.

TUT students waved placards and shouted ‘free education for all’ in their rejection of government’s tuition fees decision.

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Arts Campus and the Arcadia Campus have been shut down. Students are now at the TUT Main Campus in Pretoria West trying to stop operations and academic activities.

The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) want o occupy Building 21 at the main campus.

“Why are students at main campus special? We are fighting for them too. We are going to close this campus too.”

Protesting students are calling for a meeting with the Vice Chancellor Professor Lourens van Staden. Pasma, the EFF and the Radical Student Movement of TUT have gathered at the main campus. Pasma says they want to know if the university will increase the fees. “What about the ones who still owe?” they asked.

“As EFFSC we disagree with fee increase. We are not surrendering.

“We are not scared of the police. Education must not be for sale,” the EFFSC said.

“We want to see all of u being economically liberated. This struggle is for you,” EFFSC added.

The Radical Student Movement calls for unification to solve problems. “We dont want to go home to be drunkards and drug addicts. This fee increment will divide us socially.

Some will not be able to afford fees and that will increase the demand of social grants.”

Students say: “Ministers instead place their kids at Havard, Yale and IV League universities.”

Marching towards Building 21, the protesters gathered students along the way to join their movement.

Frustrated students are standing outside the building, trying to force their way in as the door seems locked or jammed.

Earlier

Hundreds of Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students gathered at the Tut Arcadia Campus to discuss the shutting down of all campuses.

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They sang struggle songs and songs against the “agenda of the capitalist”.

The students said they did not agree with the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on Monday.

Nzimande said there would be no fee increases for the “missing middle” and those funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas).

But students waved placards saying “free education for all”.

READ MORE: Students united in rejecting Nzimande’s offer

They said Nzimande had abandoned his responsibilities when he said universities must increase fees.

“We are going to shut down the main campus and tell them, this is our education they’re playing with,” one student said.

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