TUT braces for more protests

2015-11-02 19:02
Tshwane University of Technology students protest against the proposed 6% fees hike. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

Tshwane University of Technology students protest against the proposed 6% fees hike. Picture: TEBOGO LETSIE

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Pretoria - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is bracing itself or more possible protest action from students.

A protest was believed to be planned for Tuesday morning.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said they were aware of the planned protest action.

"We are aware of the protest, but the university obtained a court interdict. The interdict prevents the respondents [structures and individuals] and their supporters from, among others, taking part in or instigating disruptive or riotous behaviour that infringes on the rights of any staff member, student or visitor to TUT’s premises," said De Ruyter.

She added that the police would be on standby.

According to a source from the institution, who asked not to be named, the reason for the protest was that some students had allegedly been excluded from exams.

"Students feel that their demands were not met by the 0% pronouncement. Some students are unable to write exams as they owe [fees]... They want all historical debts to be cleared," said the source.

Universities nationally have been rocked by protests as students fought against fee increases.

fight culminated in chaotic scenes at the Union Buildings, where thousands of students converged to protest against the proposed hikes for 2016.

University management and President Jacob Zuma eventually conceded to the students' demands of a 0% increase in 2016.

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