TUT students will continue protesting

Students are complaining about the allocation of funds from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

TSHWANE - The Tshwane University of Technology on Thursday obtained a court order to prohibit students from protesting and damaging property at all its campuses. 

Management has resorted to closing the Ga-rankuwa, Soshanguve and Pretoria West campuses following a week of violent protests and to prevent any further damage to the university’s properties. 

The University’s Willa de Ruyter said one student was hurt on Thursday night, while fleeing a group of demonstrators.

“Last night there was a mass meeting at the Pretoria campus and it seems a female student ran away from some protesters.

“She tripped, fell and broke her leg. The ambulance was called in and she received treatment.”

The institution’s Vice Chancellor Nthabiseng Ogude said they are committed to negotiating with student leaders, but vandalism will not be tolerated.

“We understand their challenges, but we need to talk to reasonable people. They are actually negotiating in bad faith, as far as I’m concernced.”

Students are complaining about the allocation of funds from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, claiming many, who were on a waiting list have now been told they were not eligible for the funding. 

A response to the memorandum of demands handed over to the institutions management will be communicated on Friday.

Meanwhile, learners from the university said they have now been left without accommodation after the university announced that it shut down three campuses. 

Learners said the shutting down by the institution spelt trouble for students who were not involved in the recent protests.

“Actually we don’t know what we’re going to do because we don’t have money to go home,” said one student.
“Where does she expect us to go? It’s bad enough she is not paying for our school fees and we’re not getting the cooking facilities that we need – and now we’re homeless?” another student told Eyewitness News.

Students confirmed they would continue protesting outside the premises to force management to allow them back into the institution.

“We are going to continue the strike until we get our homes back and until we get people who are excluded back, whether academically or financially.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)