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Sasco accuses EFF of violence at TUT campuses

Thousands of students will today elect new SRC leaders at TUT’s three campuses.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addressed Tshwane Uiversity of Technology Students in Soshanguve and a fight erupted between students of his party and Sasco memebrs. Picture: EFF Official Account ‏@EconFreedomZA

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Students Congress (Sasco) president Ntuthuko Makombhoti has blamed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s national leadership for violence between his members and the red berets at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) ahead of the SRC elections.

Thousands of students will today elect new SRC leaders at TUT's three campuses in Pretoria, Garankuwa and Soshanguve.

On Wednesday violent clashes broke out between supporters of the two parties.

Police were called in and had to use stun grenades.

Makombhoti said his members will not be drawn into fights with EFF supporters.

"So these are incidences that are emerging now that there has been this students organization of EFF on campus, which is in the main, refusing to follow the rules like all of us have to subject ourselves to."

Meanwhile, the EFF has called on its members not to react to provocation by Sasco and Pasma members

The party's acting spokesperson Fana Mokwena said, "We're are not perturbed by Sasco disruptions, we were kind of expecting them at every one of these institutions because we've understood that they had been given instruct not to allow us to vote."

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said the EFF rallies were not sanctioned by the university and the violence is regrettable.

"What happened today was regrettable because violence like that doesn't belong at a higher education institution especially not around elections. It wasn't a sanctioned visit to the campus, we only became aware of their plans last night after they released a media statement."

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