TUT Soshanguve campus woes continue

TUT’s Willa de Ruyter says management was left with no choice to ensure the safety of staff and students.

FILE: Management will work hard to ensure the campus can re-open in a months’ time. Picture: Twitter - Wonder Zindela ‏@WZindela.

PRETORIA - Following weeks of violent demonstrations, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has shut down its Soshanguve campuses with immediate effect, and given residence students less than 24 hours to vacate the premises.

A group of students has been demanding the immediate and non-negotiable implementation of free education and the insourcing of services.

Police and security guards clashed with the students on several occasions at the north and south campuses last week, leaving several people injured.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says management was left with no choice to ensure the safety of staff and students despite ongoing negotiations.

"Because of the increasing violence and intimidation at the Soshanguve campuses, the university has decided to suspend activities at those campuses until 5 April."

She says management will work hard to ensure the campus can re-open in a months' time.

"We are working with the police and want to use this time to identify these people so we can stabilise the campus and if arrests have to be made they must be made."

Students in the residences have until 2pm tomorrow to vacate the premises.