Tshwane varsity closed as students protest over funding

2015-02-04 15:05

Another protest has flared up at the Tshwane University of Technology over student funding, forcing the institution to close for the day.

At about 8am this morning, a group of students started gathering at the university’s Soshanguve campus north of Pretoria instead of attending classes.

“A group of protesters started marching from the side of the school. They came running to students chilling outside. They tried running away, but some of them were forced to join the march,” one of the students told City Press.

As the students were forced to join the march, they were told “A lena NFSAS mara la tsamaya” (you don’t have National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding but you want to run away).

The students marched to the gate at the main entrance, where the group started chanting.

“Things are quiet at the moment because students are communicating with the university’s management, but by the looks of things, the drama has just begun,” said the student.

The Soshanguve campus has been closed for the day.

Despite phoning the Soshanguve and main campuses, City Press was unable to obtain comment from the university.

Last year, the university was plagued by violent protests by students – also over a shortfall on National Student Financial Aid Scheme funding. The university had to close campuses in September after the protests turned violent and students set alight at least 18 cars belonging to the institution.

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