TUT calm despite protest

2015-02-04 16:38
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Johannesburg - Activities continued as normal at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) despite a protest on Wednesday morning, it said.

"There has been limited protest action early this morning, the situation is calm," spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter said.

She said it was not clear what the protest was about, but that management was meeting student leaders during the day.

"I'm waiting for feedback on what the issues are. From what I understand NSFAS (the National Student Financial Aid Scheme) is one of the issues," she said.

The SA Students Congress on Wednesday 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 in a statement.

"Students are cancelling their academic courses due to outstanding fees and NSFAS budget cuts."

Budget cuts at the university had a crippling effect on poor students, he said.

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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