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TUT obtains interdict to stop protests

The university has since been forced to shut its doors due to the protest action.

Tshwane University of Technology. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology has obtained a court interdict to stop the ongoing protests at its campuses.

Operations at the university's Soshanguve and Pretoria campuses came to a halt this week as students demonstrated against a lack funding from the National Students Financial Scheme (NSFAS).

The university has since been forced to shut its doors due to the protest action.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter says they've obtained a court interdict to prevent anyone from participating in protest action on any of their campuses.

"To prohibit them from participating in protest action, to endanger the lives of any people or the property of TUT."

De Ruyter says classes will not resume at the university until the situation returns to normal.

"All Tshwane University of Technology campuses are closed and they will remain closed until further notice."

TUT says it will monitor its campuses throughout the weekend and will make an announcement once management feels it's safe for people to return to campus.

The university is not the only one that has been rocked by protests over lack of funding in recent days.

The Durban University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg, where about 25 students were arrested, have also been embroiled in protests.

The Higher Education and Training department has promised to inject R1 billion into the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), but South African Students Congress (Sasco)'s Sithembiso Ndlovu says the R1 billion will hardly make any difference.

Meanwhile, The Tshwane University of Technology SRC and the Socialist Youth Movement have won an interdict against the eviction of students from campus residences following ongoing protests at the institutions campuses.