TUT SRC defends violent protest

Protesting students from Tshwane University of Technology have defended their violent behaviour.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) SRC have defended their violent behaviour this week which has seen the closure of all campuses until further notice.

TUT management have decided to close its campuses after students damaged property as part of the protest over academic exclusion on Thursday.

The protesters also disrupted classes by blocking the main entrance to the institution.

The SRC is angry following claims that the National Student Fund Aid Scheme has failed to pay tuition fees for at least 30 percent of students who rely on the funding.

SRC representative Asanda Matebese said, "We are calling on political parties to come and help us engage with management."