South Africa 12.2.2015 04:00 pm

TUT lectures suspended due to violent protests

FILE PIC: The gates of the Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria campus were barred on 29 January 2013 as students were protesting against the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Picture: Christine Vermooten

FILE PIC: The gates of the Tshwane University of Technology Pretoria campus were barred on 29 January 2013 as students were protesting against the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Picture: Christine Vermooten

Academic activities have been suspended at some of the Tshwane University of Technology campuses this afternoon following another round of violent protests.

Although lecturers are continuing as normal on the Pretoria campus, the Soshanguve,

Garankuwa and eMalahleni campuses have been shut down. Security was earlier beefed up at all campuses, to ensure the safety of staff and learners. Protests are regarding students’ unhappiness about NSFAS funding.

Spokeswoman Willa De Ruyter said another round of violent protests at the three campuses left them with no choice but to suspend classes.

Students in residence have also been advised to vacate, for their own safety.

Demonstrations started at the Soshanguve campus last week and on Thursday morning according to De Ryter, spilled over to the other campus.

“The protest action, which has already resulted in the suspension of business at the Soshanguve North and South Campuses last week, started to spill over to other University campuses today (Thursday), with reports of incidents at the Ga-Rankuwa, eMalahleni and Pretoria campuses received earlier.”

De Ruyter said negotiations with student leaders will continue until a resolution can be reached.

 

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