Student Protests Disrupt Academic Activities At Several TUT Campuses

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FILE: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Soshanguve campus. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

Protests at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) continue to disrupt classes. The  suspension of all academic activities at campuses in Pretoria, Arts, Arcadia, Ga-Rankuwa, eMalahleni and Mbombela remains.

The university says on Monday, learning still took place at Soshanguve and Polokwane campuses.

TUT spokesperson Willa De Ruyter said despite the protests, academic, administrative and support staff reported for duty at all campuses on Monday morning, and added that they would continue to do so on Tuesday.

“During Monday’s meeting, management’s response to the student representatives’ memorandum submitted on Saturday was given to the student representatives to be shared with their constituencies.

“It was also impressed on the student leaders that the academic project is under threat of losing professional accreditation if it does not resume without any further disruptions,” she said.

Student leaders will meet management during a follow-up meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

De Ruyter said registration for all students would be extended by five working days.

Last week, academic activities at the campuses were suspended as a result of the protests.

The university apologised for the inconvenience the suspension of activities caused and advised students and others who were affected to visit its website for updated information.

“The safety of staff, students and infrastructure is a priority for the university. As a people’s university, TUT remains committed to resolving issues within its mandate soonest. Therefore, management will continue to engage with student leaders and other relevant role players to reach amicable solutions,” she said.

Chairperson of the EFF Students Command, Kingsley Baloyi, claimed that students also missed classes because they had been trying to sort out issues they had, such as not being allowed to register.