Soshanguve TUT campus students outraged by shutdown

University management announced plans to suspend all activities at the institution for a month.

A group of students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)’s Soshanguve campus are demanding an end to financial exclusion, the immediate implementation of free education and the insourcing of services on 8 March 2016. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Soshanguve campuses are outraged at management's decision to shut down the campuses for a month.

The university made the decision yesterday after two weeks of violent demonstrations that saw several clashes between students, private security and the police.

A group of students are demanding an end to financial exclusion, the immediate implementation of free education and the insourcing of services.

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Stones, broken glass and the black ash of burnt tyres bears witness to the chaos that played out on the streets around TUT's Soshanguve campus last night.

The situation is now calm with the gates locked and students only being allowed on to the premises to fetch belongings from the residences.

#SoshanguveTUT students leaving the north campus. BB pic.twitter.com/MSU8amtRBS

Some students say shutting down the campus is not a solution.

"It's hard because I don't have money now to go home and they are telling us that we have to go."

Another student says, "Issues are still not resolved."

The police are maintaining a heavy presence in the area, despite many students opting to go home.