Residents at #TUT Soshanguve campuses urged to vacate premises

Management yesterday announced it’s suspended all activities for a month.

Public Order Police out the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) during protests. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA - Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students at the two Soshanguve campuses residences have been urged to vacate the premises by 2pm this afternoon after management announced yesterday it had suspended all activities for a month.

The campuses have seen violent demonstrations and clashes between security guards, the police and students, for the last two weeks.

A group of students is demanding an immediate implementation of free education and the insourcing of services.

There have been overnight reports of further clashes between students, security guards and the police just hours after management announced it was shutting them down because of continued violence.

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says despite ongoing negotiations, a small group has continued to disrupt activities.

"We'll use this time to monitor the situation and to stabilise these campuses to ensure that when students return, everything will be back to normal. The recess that was scheduled for June/July will now be used to catch up."

She says the academic programme continues as normal on other campuses.