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TUT accused of maladministration

The Socialist Youth Movement says the university's vice chancellor is undermining talks.

The Socialist Youth Movement has accused the Tshwane University of Technology of poor administration. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The Socialist Youth Movement (SYM) has accused the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) of poor administration.

Operations at the university's Soshanguve and Pretoria campuses came to a halt last week due to protest action by students against a lack of funding from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

The NSFAS is a government loan and bursary fund that caters for students around the country.

Yesterday, the SYM and TUT's Student Representative Council won an interdict against the eviction of students from their residences.

SYM spokesperson Elmond Magedi says the university harassed the students who had every right to protest.

Magedi says the university's vice chancellor is undermining the talks.

"She decided to become arrogant and say they can only meet in March. That displayed poor leadership and undermines the efforts of the student leadership."

The youth organisation has called on all students to return to their residences with immediate effect.

The varsity has in turn called for peaceful protests, saying the issue is with the fund.

TUT obtained a court interdict to stop the protests yesterday but says students will only be able to return to campus once management feels it's safe.

"We will communicate with staff and students on our website as well as through smses."

TUT is not the only university that has been rocked by protests over a lack of funding by the NSFAS in recent days.

The Durban University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) have also been affected.

Around 25 protesters at UJ were arrested for inciting public violence on Tuesday and around 20 students were suspended for allegedly disrupting registration.

The group allegedly disrupted registration by tampering with computers and intimidating staff.

The Department of Higher Education and Training has injected R1 billion into the NSFAS but the South African Students Congress's Sithembiso Ndlovu says the amount will hardly make any difference.

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