TUT closes campus as violent protests flare up again

2014-09-17 11:09

Violent protests again ensued at the Tshwane University of Technology today, forcing the university’s management to close the Pretoria campus.

The university had expected students back in class today following several days of violent strike action, TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said.

“They were meant to return but violent protests erupted again at Pretoria and Soshanguve, the arts and Arcadia campuses,” she said.

“We decided to close the Pretoria campus for today.”

Students blocked the gates to the campuses, she said.

Police had been called in and security had been increased.

“Students have been returning to their lectures. We are monitoring the situation at all our campuses.”

Student Representative Council secretary-general Signified Tivana said yesterday that students would not return to classes because the university’s management had not yet resolved their issues.

“There won’t be any classes tomorrow. It is a lie from a pit of hell that students will return to class,” he said.

“Whoever comes to the campus will be there to join the strike.”

“Students will only go back to classes once the management addresses the students’ concerns and readmits student council members who were suspended,” Tivana said.

The university announced on Monday that it had served the student council with suspension letters on Sunday.

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