TUT remains shut

Picture: Steven Tau

Picture: Steven Tau

“However, we are ready for those hooligans and we will do anything in our power to protect ourselves.”- Morolane

Contrary to a statement issued on Wednesday suggesting that all activities will resume on Thursday morning, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has announced that operations will continue to be suspended at its main campus and two others on Thursday.

Other campuses affected, areĀ Arts and Arcadia.

On Wednesday, the EFFSC vowed to make sure that no activities are permitted on Thursday.

Speaking to The Citizen, EFFSC leader, Mpho Morolane said the shutdown will continue until such time that the issue of outsourcing is addressed to the satisfaction of workers.

Clashes between students wearing yellow Sasco T-shirts and protesters erupted on Wednesday, leaving several injured.

Morolane said the police failed to protect the protesters who were not armed during the clashes.

“Those hooligans started hurling stones at us, and when the police reacted, they started firing rubber bullets at us.

“However, we are ready for those hooligans and we will do anything in our power to protect ourselves,” Morolane said.

While the university said good progress has been made in talks about the insourcing of services on Wednesday, Morolane said they have not heard anything from the university management.

He said despite being elected by workers to represent them at the talks, the EFFSC has been barred from taking part in the negotiations.

Ahead of Wednesday’s chaos, Morolane accused TUT of holding talks, only with Nehawu and Sasco.

“Sasco members held a night vigil on Tuesday, where they consumed alcohol before attacking our mothers, but we will not be deterred by them,” Morolane added.-stevent@citizen.co.za


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