TUT academic activities suspended

Exams at TUT’s Soshanguve campus have been suspended until following clashes.

Thousands of university students across the country have been protesting against the proposed fee hike in their respective institutions. Picture: Andiswa Mkosi/Primedia.

JOHANNESBURG - Students at the Tshwane University of Technology's Pretoria campus say while they don't condone protests that took place there they could have been avoided had management addressed their concerns.

Yesterday, protesters believed to have been bused in from TUT's Soshanguve campus damaged property and at one point attempted to set a building alight.

There have also been reports of a security guard being rushed to hospital after being injured during the clashes.

Demonstrators have been calling for an end to outsourcing, better security, as well as fees and the release of academic results.

#TUT This is one of the buildings that's been damaged in this afternoons clashes at the Pretoria campus pic.twitter.com/sKslRp6OI7

But some students say they don't condone the actions of their peers.

"I don't have a problem with strikes because at the end of the day I'm affected as a student. But I think it becomes a problem when we start vandalising the school property because at the end of the day they have to pay for it. If we had tight security, none of this would have happened."

Exams at TUT's Soshanguve campus have been suspended until Monday following clashes.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said, "The people who arrived at the Pretoria campus seemed very violent, they have been vandalising property and staff and students have been advised to leave the campus for their own safety."