#TUT protests: Students being turned away

The scheduled reopening of TUT has been disrupted by demonstrating contract workers.

Public order police out the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)’s Pretoria West campus during protests by outsourced workers and EFF student command members. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students who have made it onto the Pretoria West campus say they're being turned away by staff.

The university was scheduled to reopen today, but has been disrupted by demonstrating contract workers who have blocked the main entrance.

The workers are demanding that they be absorbed into the university workforce immediately with a R10,000 monthly salary.

While the police have stepped in to stop the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) student command from preventing students from entering the campus, it appears operations have not yet resumed.

#TUTprotest SAPS intervene to stop EFF SC preventing students from entering campus. BB pic.twitter.com/Go0wyZufFk

Students say they were told by staff that they're waiting for management to give the go ahead.

But management has told Eyewitness News that operations should have resumed and this will be communicated to their staff.

The situation was tense earlier when students seemingly unsympathetic to the cause broke through the blockade.

The workers say they will not back down on their demand of a R10,000 monthly salary.

#TUTprotest large crowd here, mostly students prevented from entering campus. BB pic.twitter.com/3yVCROWBJN

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