Total shutdown at TUT as protesters refuse to back down

The university has secured an interdict against protesters after a meeting was disrupted.

FILE: Tuks has closed and may only reopen on Wednesday, as protesting students call for an end to outsourcing. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has suspended activity at its Pretoria West, Arcadia and Arts campuses in the face of continued protests against the outsourcing of workers.

The university met with workers union, National Health Education & Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) and some student leaders overnight, but this meeting was disrupted by students who say the delegation is not endorsed.

TUT has since secured a court interdict against the protestors.

Outsourcing must fall movement leader Vusi Mahlangu says, "It's an act of dishonesty and insincerity from the side of management, and we view this to be very provocative. Workers are very provoked and it means we are going to intensify and escalate our protest."

The university has described the protests as violent.

Students and workers say they're determined to continue the shut down until their demands are met.