Rubber bullets, stun grenades used to disperse TUT protesters
All activities were suspended on three TUT campuses yesterday due to protests by students and workers.
JOHANNESBURG The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)says police used rubber bullets and stun grenades during clashes with protesters this afternoon because demonstrators became violent.
All activities were suspendedon three TUT campuses yesterday due to protests by students and workers.
Its been reported that protesters at the Pretoria west campus started throwing bricks at people.
The university says the protesters appear to be workers from outsourced companies but their demands are still unclear.
Spokesperson Willa de Ruyter says police are monitoring the group.
The violence erupted outside the Pretoria campus and police had to step in to restore order and its quiet now.
Furthermore, students leading the outsourcing must fall protests claim they were attacked by a group aligned with Nehawu and the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) when police intervened.
Student leader Vusi Mahlangu says say they were attacked by PYA supporters before the shooting started and three workers were injured.
They were confronted by a group of drunk-looking students who are associated with the PYA and our intelligence told us they were bought liquor by Nehawu to come and confront the workers who are protesting.
At the same time, the institution says its making headway in discussions on outsourcing and will make an announcement soon.