TUT students asked to vacate residences

The university has confirmed all its campuses will be closed from today following violent protests.

FILE: The skeleton of a torched bus at the Tshwane University of Technology during a protest on 9 September, 2014. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology has confirmed all its campuses will be closed from today following Friday's violent protests.

It's understood 18 cars belonging to the university were set alight at the Soshanguve and Garankuwa campuses by protesting students.

Students have been protesting at the institution for about two weeks over the lack of funds in the National Students' Financial Aid Scheme.

The university's Willa de Ruyter says, "In the interests of their own safety, all residence students at all campuses have been asked to vacate their rooms by 5pm this afternoon."

The police's Khensani Magoai says no arrests have been made.

"A protest took place last night after 10pm, where several vehicles were set alight. A case of malicious damage to property and public violence has been opened. We are investigating."