TUT students urged to resume lectures

Tshwane University of Technology's Willa de Ruyter says the situation on campus has returned to normal.

FILE: 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 - Management at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Pretoria west campus has urged students to report to classes as a matter of urgency after a week of disruptions.

The campus gates were blocked for several hours this morning by demonstrating outsourced workers who are being supported by the EFF's student command.

While management reached a deal with unions to insource the workers over a year period the group of protesters has rejected that deal.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says the situation on campus has returned to normal and students are being urged to go to class.

"The message for them is to get to campus and go to class and start the academic year. It's very important and we've already lost a week of academic time; we will be able to catch up but there is no more time to lose."

Some students left the campus after sorting out admin issues.

"It's normal and everything is working normal," one student said."

"First year students are able to register," another said.

The demonstrating workers have however vowed to intensify their protest.