Classes at all TUT campuses suspended

Tshwane University of Technology students took part in a protest calling for better education on 16 August 2012. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on Tuesday officially shut down all of its campuses until further notice following more protest action by students. 

Last week, the institution closed its campuses in Pretoria, Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa. 

Now all classes have been stopped at its additional institutions. 

Students began demonstrating over issues which included tuition fees almost two weeks ago.

TUT said the safety of students was in jeopardy as classes were disrupted on a number of days. 

The university’s spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said its unclear when classes will resume. 

“There were instances on other campuses where students began protesting, and based on the information we received we decided to stop all lectures.”

The students claim that the National Student Fund Aid Scheme failed to pay tuition fees for 30 percent of its students.

The Higher Education Ministry has since said it will be working at resolving the dispute between TUT and its Student Representative Council (SRC). 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)