More protests at TUT

2014-09-11 17:41
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Johannesburg - Students protested at the Pretoria and Ga-Rankuwa campuses of the Tshwane University of Technology on Thursday, the university said.

Spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said this was despite university management accepting a memorandum of grievances from the students on Wednesday, and agreeing to enter into talks with the student representative council.

"The university decided to enter into talks with student leaders despite them violating the protocol in place for protest action," said De Ruyter.

Classes were suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday because of protests by students about a lack of funds in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

TUT staffers returned to work on Wednesday, but it is not yet known when classes will resume.

"The university has, as a result of this morning's renewed protest action, once again suspended all activities at the Pretoria and Ga-Rankuwa campuses to ensure the safety of its students and staff until further notice," said De Ruyter.

Meanwhile, graduation ceremonies taking place at the Soshanguve campus on Thursday continued.

"They have gone ahead without any disruption," said De Ruyter.

On Tuesday, TUT said the students behind the protest were in breach of an interdict the university obtained earlier this year.

De Ruyter said that in January the university suspended classes and evicted students from residences. It obtained a court order to stop protests. She said the order was still in force.

SRC president Mboniseni Dladla disagreed.

"The students are not in contempt of a court interdict as the strike was not started by any of those interdicted, but by ordinary students," Dladla said on Wednesday.

He claimed some lecturers were racist, and demanded their dismissal.

"The university failed to address a number of issues raised during [our] February protest which related to... dismissal of all racist lecturers."

The students wanted the salaries of executive management reviewed, and an end to the outsourcing of transport and cleaning services.

The protest was held at the Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve and eMalahleni campuses, Dladla said.

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