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Some TUT campuses shut down

2012-08-16 22:18

Johannesburg - Management of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Thursday shut down several campuses amid violent student protests.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said students from Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa and Pretoria West campuses should not return to studies until further notice.

"Students staying in university residences should vacate by 07:00 on Friday," she said.

The violent protests began on Monday and management obtained a court order on Thursday preventing the protests from continuing.

The campuses have reportedly been closed as management said it feared for the safety of the staff and students and wanted to prevent further damage of the university property.

Management has for the last few days been engaged in talks with the student representatives, and a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two sides on Tuesday.

"Despite those honest and sustained efforts, students have resorted to class boycotts, intimidation and barricading entrances to the three campuses, successfully disrupting university business."

Earlier on Thursday, management sent a message to students advising them to return to classes but many did not comply. Professor Nthabiseng Ogude, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, has criticised the actions of the protesting students.

"Students and external people, some of whom were intoxicated, stoned buildings and threw petrol-bombs, causing extensive damage to property."

The students were protesting against the allocation of the National Students Financial Aid Scheme and the condition of their residences.

Comments
  • conrad.johannes - 2012-08-16 22:34

    "our residences are in such bad shape - let's burn them down!" - genius

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-08-17 11:28

      Never happened before the new regime - why do these M*&^%$$%s always have to burn everything. Have they got a gene that qualifies for "ARSON"

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-17 11:56

      These are the people we are supposed to employ in a few years... Yea right.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-16 23:11

    Expel the ones causing the trouble, they don't want to be successful. Let them be uneducated - you can't help some people.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-16 23:24

    Apparently violent protest is an Ndip qualification now

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-17 00:12

    These aren't students. Students study. These are cockroaches. They love trash.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-17 01:57

    Another job for those cops at the mine ....

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-17 10:04

      foolish woman

  • steven.warren.5661 - 2012-08-17 03:31

    oh man i miss the old pretoria technikon

      Airport B'nb - 2013-08-21 17:50

      My daughter received her diploma from TUT Pretoria. The graduation ceremony was held at the Soshanguve campus. The students were well-behaved, but the parents behaved as though they were demented. The speaker said they could 'ululate' - scream like wolves. And they did - screaming and running up and down the aisles. I didn't even hear my daughter's name being called, and left straight after that. I sat outside in the garden. I could still hear them screaming. My daughter told me later that one student even performed the Moondance on stage, and when another was awarded a Doctorate, you can just imagine! I had a guest from Mauritius, who attended a UNISA graduation. The same happened there. She was so shocked, and couldn't stop talking about this. My other daughter will graduate from UNISA in two years, and I will visit my pharmacist for a pill, just to cope.

  • wesleywt - 2012-08-17 04:24

    Time for expulsions. Tertiary education is not a right. If the res is a mess, you probably made it. Whatever happened to organizing a cleanup our res day? Thinking someone must do it for you?

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-17 11:53

      Young people do not cleanup that is why they have mothers, and if the mothers are not there then it must be the goverment or vasity or where ever they are. To many are allowed with bad marks, and they know they are not going to pass, so make a mess.

  • richard.vanrensburg.1 - 2012-08-17 05:43

    I walked on the campus yesterday broken windows,broken boomgates and burned tyres!I spoke to Pretoria campus students they said to me its not Pretoria campus students its students from Shos and Ga Rankuwa that are vandalist? .why cause damage when you issues with Managment?

      tw2066 - 2012-08-17 06:02

      its not the campus or university thats the issue, is a section of the population thats an issue. This used to happen pre -1994, in certain areas. Now it happens everywhere. Join the dots and you get ......

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-17 07:09

      dots? gots? hots? lots? nots? pots? rots? tots? zots?

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-08-17 05:43

    What is wrong with these protesters. Destroying the very thing you are protesting for. Millions of rands worth of damage to municipal property in CT in the last few months caused by 'service protesters'. Libraries burned down, education institutons damaged, kids protesting against extra lessons in the FS - all in the name of education. They have too much time on their hands instead of doing community work they choose to partake in violence. They do not really want to work otherwise they would have started some kind of initiative.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-17 06:00

    If this is how these clowns behave at this age - well tells us alot about our future. Sorry part is that the majority of South Africans want to see accept that our youth are delinquent. 18 years into ANC rule, 18 years of seperatist BBBEE and AA policies, cant blame the white man forever.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-17 06:15

    No respect for anything, these are people born into the new south africa, what is their excuse? The mentality of entitlement, demand and destruction will get them only disappointment. They think they deserve five star everything for free. Get real!

      shayastaj - 2012-08-17 11:45

      More like animals and not people......hooliganism at it's best.

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-08-17 06:33

    What else is new!

  • christoffel.nel - 2012-08-17 07:00

    Very fine institutions with a vibrant culture of learning.....

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-17 07:50

    did I hear the words violent protest?...bring some of those police at marikana lonmin mine,they know how to handle hooligans......TUT used to be a top institution,I'm a product of that varsity(Technikon Pretoria)..we did'nt have such things before it got turned into this TUT where now ther's a bad situation of learners being accepted regardless of poor results and so forth...

      Boitu.m - 2012-08-17 09:09

      You heard right. It got to a point where some of us feared for our safety and wondered if ever we'd make it out.

  • thabo.m.buck - 2012-08-17 08:24

    Jst call marikana police theyl sort them out..y vandalize a property tht ul b using in a couple of days? Nd thyl b sayin y dsnt managemnt fix this nd that as if money grows on trees mxm...

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-17 08:26

    Are they used to better, they just use it for a place to stay. Learning is not high on their list.

  • reg.ger.7 - 2012-08-17 09:43

    Exam time is near - i partied too much - lets make k@@K

  • lydonmcg - 2012-08-17 10:21

    Expel them all! Then call in the police for invasion for private property.

  • justin.kleynhansbareira - 2012-08-17 11:28

    Some of us actually pay for our own studies and now we are missing class because of these bloody idiots. Their studies are already subsidised by the government and they still want more. PATHETIC! Why are such stupid people even in university?

  • shayastaj - 2012-08-17 11:50

    Students and external people,some of them intoxicated!!!! Brainless creeps mess everything up - they are not students, they are hooligans and do not deserve to be there anyway. Get rid of the culprits and let the intelligent ones move on because they want to succeed in life. They not willing to spend the rest of their lives in bars and shebeens.

  • Eduannn - 2012-08-17 12:30

    We should build a movie set somewhere with lots of tyres and stones lying around. Every student must pay R10.00 per month for this. Once A year all students should be bussed to this venue and be allowed to see how much mayhem they can cause and to vent their frustrations. Filmmakers can use this opportunity to practice action film shooting. Once they are done the set can be rebuilt out of the funds collected from the students. And repeated the next year until they grow tired of doing it. Now that I think of it the police can then also be sent in at the same time to practice crowd control.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-08-17 13:57

    I used to travel 30KM to varsity by bus everyday @ 6am and I never burnt Putco buses because thats the least I managed to have, and I prospered.

  • tebza.tjeas - 2012-08-17 17:44

    How can a big varsity students lyk tut protest against NFSAS?\r\nThat's the matter of the goverment not the school\r\nU disturbing sum of our sewrious fellow students..

  • lesego.lekgwara - 2012-08-18 06:11

    #teary. I saw it all, couldn't believe my eyes,main campus students had nothing to do with this, sosha did all this sayin they don't have wat we have at main camp. I left campus thur 5pm,some of my friends stayed behind some scared to leave, some thought things would get beta. Bt things got worse, they ddnt sleep, had to leave in the early hours of the morning. 1 even broke her leg trying to runaway from bouncer hitting 4towers girls.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-18 19:13

    These rioters are not students. So, expel the lot of them and make sure that they are prevented from enrolling at any other tertiary institution. It does not matter if the TUT then closes down for the rest of the year - the staff can carry on with their research and work on their doctoral theses or improve their golf handicaps. Only hard and consistent measures will teach these rioters what it is about. By allowing all or some of them back after a while will only strengthen their hand - they then know that rioting works. Anyway, why should I care? The ANC told us way back already that they would make the country ungovernable and that they did not want education before liberation, and, as they claim that the liberation is not yet complete, they still do not want education. So instead of wasting time and money on these ANC cadres out to disrupt all learning, send them back to where they came from and keep the doors closed to them.

  • Airport B'nb - 2013-08-21 17:59

    Animals do not behave like this - only savages.

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