Troubled campus reopens

2010-02-03 12:11

SECURITY will be beefed up to prevent hooligans and non-students from infiltrating the Soshanguve South campus of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) as it reopens today.

The institution is faced with so much work that it will conduct registrations on Saturday and Sunday to make up for lost time.

The campus was closed due to student protests.

The academic programme is scheduled to start on Monday next week while the last group of registration will also take place on the same day, according to TUT spokesperson Gilbert Mokwatedi.

TUT vice-chancellor Professor Errol Tyobeka said the decision to close the campus on Thursday last week was not taken lightly and that it was time measures were put in place to flush out criminals elements.

“We will ensure that we bring in students that are here to learn and that only legitimate ones are allowed on campus,” Tyobeka said.

He said millions would be spent to beef up the campus’ security and that already a tender process was under way.

The vice-chancellor said the campuses’ suspended members of the student representative council (SRC) were stripped of their powers and would return as ordinary students.

He mentioned that injured student Bongani Dladla was released from hospital.

Dladla was hospitalised on Wednesday last week following an attack by fellow students when disagreement on whether to continue with protests or not degenerated into violence.

University authorities met with Tshwane Metro’s executive mayor Gwen Ramokgopa and the local ANC branch to discuss ways of creating an environment of political tolerance among the various student political structures.

“Issues of financial exclusion are
 a priority and it therefore necessitates the student leadership to raise them, but not violently.” Ramokgopa said.

The mayor also said she was concerned that a dagga plant, criminal elements and drugs were a problem plaguing an institution of learning.

She promised to partner the institution to root out the thugs from the campus.

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