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TUT classes suspended

Talks with student leaders will continue after TUT vehicles were torched at the weekend.

18 cars belonging to TUT were torched allegedly by protesting students on 19 September 2014. Picture: @Kitty_KatNo1/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) says talks with student leaders are expected to continue this week after it was forced to close its campuses due to violent protests.

Eighteen cars belonging to the institution were torched at the Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa campuses at the weekend, allegedly at the hands of protesting students.

Students were then ordered to vacate the residences for their own safety.

Classes at TUT have since been suspended until further notice.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the violent demonstrations, which saw university property being damaged.

TUT's Willa de Ruiter says it's still unclear when classes will resume.

"The university will bring the official recess forward to commence on Monday 22 September. During this time talks with the student leaders will continue."

Students at the institution have been protesting for the past two weeks over the lack of funds in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Police are investigating a case of public violence and malicious damage to property.