University protests spread as talks over funds deadlock

2015-02-12 08:18

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Protests at the Tshwane University of Technology have spread to its Ga-Rankuwa, eMalahleni and Pretoria campuses following failed talks between students and university management last night.

“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,” the university said this morning.

University management met student leaders last night in a bid to resolve points of contention, primarily student funding.

“Although progressive proposals from the university’s side were tabled, these were rejected by the student leaders.”

The South African Students Congress last week criticised university management for failing to help needy students.

“It is outrageously irresponsible for university management to provide students with no alternative than sending them home,” Gauteng deputy chairperson Sthembiso Ndlovu said at the time.

“Students are cancelling their academic courses due to outstanding fees and National Student Financial Aid Scheme budget cuts.”

In September, the university was forced to close some of its campuses when protests about student funding became violent. The protests lasted almost three weeks and 18 cars were torched.

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