Cops deployed as protests continue at TUT

Protesting students are attempting to force their way onto the University’s main campus grounds.

FILE: Tshwane University of Technology. Picture: Wikimedia Commons"

JOHANNESBURG - A protest by students and workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resumed at the institution's main campus in Pretoria West and police have been deployed to the area.

Yesterday, tensions flared between two groups supporting the workers, with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) supporters squaring off with South African Students Congress (Sasco) and National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) members.

This after TUT management excluded some members of the 'Outsourcing Must Fall' movement from a meeting with Nehawu and Sasco.

All activities were suspended at three TUT campuses and the protesters say they plan to continue with the disruptions today.

TUT EFF chairperson Mpho Kekana says, "Right now there are two groups separately and Sasco is trying to open the gate forcefully. The police are putting an order between the two groups."

The university says it's called on police to ensure its court interdict against striking workers and students is enforced, due to what it says is a violent protest.

Workers want to be employed directly by the university and have demanded a minimum wage of R10,000.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter says "In line with that court interdict they have been requested by police to move 150 meters away from the gate. They are allowed to protest but it must be peacefully."