TUT staffers to return to campuses

2014-09-10 21:08
(Nico van Heerden, Beeld)

(Nico van Heerden, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Work at the Tshwane University of Technology will resume from Thursday, it said.

"The university will, at a later stage, announce the date when classes at the affected campuses will resume," spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said in a statement on Wednesday.

The graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place at the Soshanguve campus on Thursday and Friday would continue as planned.

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).

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.

Earlier, Student Representative Council president Mboniseni Dladla 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.

Dladla claimed the protest was carried out at the Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve and eMalahleni campuses.

"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," he said.

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