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Parents express concern over TUT protests

Concerned parents have accused the student representative council of holding TUT to ransom.

FILE: Concerned parents have accused the student representative council of holding TUT to ransom. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

JOHANNESBURG - Some parents of students at the Tshwane of University of Technology say they will rally other parents to take a stand against the violent protests at the institution.

The university has shut down all campuses while officials attempt to find a solution to students' grievances.

Disgruntled students have been demonstrating over funding shortages from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Concerned parent, Ethan Minnaar, says although he sympathises with students concerned, the student representative council cannot keep holding the university to ransom and disrupting classes.

He says the disruption of classes is frustrating those who want to learn.

"It seems every year it's the same story. Every year it's the same fighting happening at this time of the year."

Protests started two weeks ago at the university's Soshanguve campus, north of Pretoria and have since spread to other areas including Mpumalanga.

The university's Willa De Ruyter says talks will continue between student leader s and the university's management.