The Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC) has vowed not to permit activities to resume at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Thursday. This contradicted the TUT’s statement that normal schedules at the Pretoria West, Arts and Arcadia campuses would resume.
To ensure the safety of people and property on the campuses, the SA Police Service (Saps) and TUT management met on Wednesday. “It was agreed the Saps will assist in enforcing the interim court interdict obtained on Tuesday,” a TUT statement read. But chairperson of the EFFSC at TUT Mpho Kekana said: “If the TUT continues with its arrogant behaviour we will make sure this shutdown continues until they come to their senses and start addressing workers’ grievances.
“Workers have made it clear they will continue with the protest action and we as students will continue to support them.” Earlier in the day, the EFFSC accused the SA Students Congress (Sasco) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) of hijacking the struggle against outsourcing at TUT. Workers there are demanding outsourcing be totally scrapped at the university.
Kekana said some Sasco and Nehawu members were seen consuming alcohol during a vigil on campus on Tuesday night. “We have learnt that Sasco has been bought by Nehawu to try and destabilise us, but they have failed. “Nehawu thinks TUT is the territory of the ANC, where they can do as they please, because some of them came here with weapons, trying to hurt the workers, but we have only one thing to say to those hooligans: should the police fail to protect us, someone is going to die … we will fight back,” he said.
Nehawu spokesperson Thulani Skosana denied the allegations and Sasco president Thabo Moloja would not comment.