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TUT SRC 'shocked' after being disbanded

The SRC says they received no formal communication from management.

FILE: The Student Representative Council of the Tshwane University of Technology says it’s shocked to learn that it’s now been disbanded by university management. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

JOHANNESBURG - The Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Tshwane University of Technology says it's shocked to learn that it's now been disbanded by university management.

Students at the university's Pretoria and Ga-Rankuwa campuses have been protesting for over a week, forcing management to suspend classes.

Students have been demonstrating over the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) payments.

Demonstrations turned violent at times with a bus being set alight.

SRC secretary Sigfried Tivana says they learned of their suspension last night through letters placed at residences but received no formal communication from management.

"We've met with management to discuss the rules of engagement and the conditions of negotiations."

Meanwhile, the Vaal University of Technology also closed its doors last week following a week of violent protests over financial aid and planned graduations.

The main entrance of the university was blocked and students and lecturers were unable to attend classes from last week.