Students, media denied access at TUT

2010-02-03 12:36

A NUMBER of people, including journalists, have been denied access

to the Tshwane University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus as it reopened

today.

Students milled around outside the campus, north of Pretoria, which

was closed last week after violent student protests.

Visibly irritated and confused motorists were turned away from the

main entrance and diverted to other routes on Wednesday morning.

This followed an announcement by the city’s community safety

department spokesperson Console Tleane yesterday that students would be screened

to ensure that only those who were supposed to enter campus did so.

He also said the main street in front of the campus would be closed

to traffic.

Metro police officials said they had been at the institution since

7am and would remain there until Sunday.

“They only opened the small gate but they’ve refused us entry,”

shouted a student over the phone.

In a pamphlet distributed to students, the university indicated

that only first-year students in the faculty of Humanities would be allowed

access into campus for registration.

A parent Thandiwe Mkhize, accompanying three of her children who

wanted to register, said she was disappointed in TUT.

“The registration process at this university has become so complex.

We travelled all the way from Mpumalanga to register only to be told we can’t do

that today,” said Mkhize who took extended leave to ensure her children studied

this year.

She had been trying to register since the year began.

“I’ve been sent from pillar to post.”

The university was closed last week after student protests turned

violent and a student was seriously injured. He has been discharged from

hospital.

The institution cited hooliganism, drugs and drunkenness as the

main cause for the closure.

It banned all political activities and the Pan Africanist Student

Movement.

On Tuesday vice-chancellor Errol Tyobeka and Tshwane mayor Gwen

Ramokgopa called on students to stop the violence, as management was in talks

with the student bodies.


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