Protests force closure of TUT campuses

2012-08-20 19:12

Johannesburg - All Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campuses will be shut until further notice because of violent protests, university management said on Monday.

The Soshanguve, Pretoria, and Ga-Rankuwa campuses were closed last week out of fear for the safety of staff and students, and to prevent further damage to university property. TUT also obtained a court order against students.

"The Emalahleni, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Arcadia and Arts campuses will also be indefinitely shut down now," said spokesperson Willa de Ruyter.

She said TUT's executive management committee had met on Monday and heard reports of disruptions at campuses that were previously unaffected.

"In view of this, residence students have also been informed that the residences will be closed until classes resume."

Students were protesting against allocations by the National Student Financial Aid scheme, and the condition of their residences.

TUT management said it was working to resolve their complaints.

"Some of the difficulties faced by our students are of a systemic nature and cannot be resolved overnight," De Ruyter said.

"However, it should be noted that having legitimate concerns does not warrant unruly and violent behaviour, and infringing on other people's rights."

TUT Rector Nthabiseng Ogude said the top priority was getting students back into class as soon as possible.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-08-20 19:26

    And the slide into oblivion continues unabated. What makes me really angry is that the actions of a selfish few affects all students. Let the ones who want to be educated do their best - as for the rest, the vandals - let them get exactly what they so richly deserve - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-20 19:31

    Where has all the order gone?

      tw2066 - 2012-08-20 19:39

      The only order we are likely to see is JZ ordering a new jet, or his pals ordering a new car - I belive Jhonny Walker is quite a popular order with the ANC too.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:13

      Where have all the problem-solving skills gone? I only got a 3% increase this year and none last year. Should I take a panga to work? The company decided on a cheaper brand of coffee for the staff, should I smash my office?

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 22:45

      Well Wolfman let me tell you. I am very well qualified in my field of expertise, but as a result of EE etc, NO JOB, NO MONEY, LOTS OF DEBT. I think I will go tomorrow and throw some stones through the diningroom window and then set the computer on fire. And if the Government do not meet my demands for a salary increase of 1000% on my current salary scale of Zero Rand/month, the furniture and/or house of mine better brace itself...

  • MallyGold - 2012-08-20 19:36

    Shoot them!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-20 19:36

    And the studious youth of South Africa are learning - learning to throw stones, shout insults, how to say that popular South African saying - WE DEMAND - Ah, yes, the bright future of South Africa.... I wonder if SAA would care to give us the stats on this crowd of youths... 91%... and of that 85%..... Oh, wait, I cant say that or I will be a racist, simply based on the fact that I cannot become a pilot!

  • koolHD - 2012-08-20 19:58

    This barbaric act of vandalising infrastructures whenever there is a protest should stop. . I'm starting to hate this country. Violence is not the answer.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-20 20:01

    You can say what you want, but you cannot deny the fact that some cultures in SA will grab at any opportunity not to study or to work and will rather strike and mess things up for those that want to. In order to study, you have to pay. That's how anything works. Many Whites could not attend university or college because their parents could not afford it. Nowadays some think it is their right to study without paying. That is the main reason for this strike. Some people work and study. It is the same with work in SA. They stand in queues begging for work and then once they have the work, they strike. Start building rather than destructing the country!

  • Amanda - 2012-08-20 20:19

    You see here we go again. Violence being the common denometer. It is synchromatic of a Government unable to rule.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-20 20:53

      It's symptomatic of a people being unable to think rationally

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-20 20:30

    one violent protestor... one bullet.

      Shaan J Maree - 2012-08-20 20:44

      as an Engineering student at TUT: Pta campus, from last week wednesday classes were cancelled, by date missing 4 major semester tests, what i cant seem to get my head around is that this protests happen every year... surely there must be a more permanent solution. the second semester of the year is fairly shorter than tge first.. so already its a struggle to get everything done..and now with the protests it puts so much more pressure on us students!

      chesa99 - 2012-08-21 07:55

      @gavin.simpson are you dumb, stupid,retarded or all 3. How can you influence peoples lives to be at stake over a dispute that could be timely and safely resolved? Get you thoughts intact boet

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-08-20 20:39

    this is still blowback from corruption in TUT, fraudulent tender processes, and un biased contractors, everyone knows the issues, poor security issues, price water house coopers doesnt want to insure TUT anymore due to lack of security, regards to Ex Prof Molefe and certain engineering companies

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-20 20:40

    No, mr Ogude, the top priority is to get rid of these thugs as soon as possible. Only after that has been done you open you university - to students only. And if they also act like thugs, you kick them out as well.

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-08-20 20:43

    in order to control and protect students security needs to improve, get the IT consultant back (and spend the 133 million) that was tendered, but get an independent company to award it)

  • Mark John Mollentze - 2012-08-20 20:49

    taxi and bus ranks are on campus grounds, (that's just stupid), 5 guards at the main gate and 2 cameras is not going to stop 3000± upset students on each individual campus, a township lik gharankua has better security in place than pretoria main campus

  • josie.russell.10 - 2012-08-20 21:19

    For Gods sake what is wrong with these people. They don't want an education they want to destroy what is there. Make them or their parents pay up front and then lets see them destroy libraries and uni buildings! And these are the educated??????? please

  • nelize.vandriel - 2012-08-22 15:47

    Many of them are blind to the privileges that they do have. Some of them need to acquire the attitude of Abraham Lincoln: "I'll study and get ready and be prepared for my opportunity when it comes." They should not throw stones at the privilege of education itself. Instead, build a foundation with the stones that were thrown at you. Yes, studying fees are high. Yes, ALL students suffer from this event. Corruption in this country is regularly exposed and on the news. This world is full of cactus, but we don't have to sit on it. We are either part of the solution or part of the problem. I do wish all TUT students to hang in there tightly with whatever difficulty they may face.

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