Clashes erupt at #TUT, 7 hospitalised

Clashes have broken out between police and outsourced workers at TUT’s Pretoria campus.

FILE: The university will remain open today as management has secured a court interdict preventing the protests. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Clashes have broken out between police and outsourced workers at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Pretoria campus, where students and workers have continued protesting.

They've demanded that workers and students who took part in a strike to end outsourcing two weeks ago be exempted from disciplinary action.

The university will remain open today as management has secured a court interdict preventing the protests.

Police officers used stun grenades and tear gas on protesters this morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Athlenda Mathe says seven workers were injured and have been rushed to hospital.

"Seven security guards have sustained injuries, varying from serious to minor."

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says the protests won't disrupt academic activity.

"The campus is open and we've got a court interdict. We obtained it in October 2015 already and it has been made permanent."

Outsourcing Must Fall movement leader Vusi Mahlangu says they're now regrouping.

"We'll continue with our protests. They've identified a spot, it's a distance away from campus."

The demonstrations that took place two weeks ago ended after an agreement was signed to increase workers' pay and grant additional benefits.