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TUT suspends all classes as protests continue

TUT students are continuing with their protests for free education today.

FILE: The protests are related to free education and have intensified since last week’s march to the Union Buildings by thousands of people. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi Primedia.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology has suspended all classes at its Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve campuses in the wake of violent protests at the institution.

Students clashed with police at the entrances of the Pretoria campus this week and this morning they plan to continue with their demonstrations.

The protests are related to free education and have intensified since last week's march to the Union Buildings by thousands of people.

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TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said, "Because of the violent protest action that erupted at a number of our campuses, we have been monitoring the situation and in the interest of the safety of the staff and students, it has been decided classes will be suspended for today. It's not clear what the reason for the protest is, because we've been talking to the central SRC for the past week."

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME CONTINUES AT WITS

Wits University remained quiet overnight, but police have this morning secured all entrances to the Braamfontein campus to keep students safe.

WATCH: Bumpy restart to Wits' academic activities

Yesterday, a group of protesting students and workers blocked entrances to the campus, intimidating and assaulting at least three people.

They want outsourcing at the university to be scrapped.

Several fires were stared at the campus in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with two cars being damaged along with a bookshop.

The small group of protesters who intimidated students yesterday, are nowhere in sight.

More than 10 police vehicles are parked outside the two main entrances and officers are patrolling on foot, to ensure students can enter the campus.

Catch up classes are expected to resume this morning, and extra security guards have been deployed to a number of lecture halls.

The university says it is closely monitoring the situation to ensure there is not a repeat of yesterday and so that students don't fall behind ahead of exams.

LISTEN: Adam Habib 'disappointed' over continued student protests

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