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TUT students voice concerns after classes are suspended

The university has suspended academic activity until next month amid protests over fees & exculsions.

Students were allowed to collect their possessions at the Tshwane University of Technology after management suspended all academic activities amid protests. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Many students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Soshanguve campuses are worried about how severely the disruption to the academic programme will affect their performance.

Hundreds of students are collecting their belongings at the campuses after management announced yesterday it has suspended academic activity until next month.

The decision comes after weeks of violent demonstrations, with a group of students demanding an end to academic exclusions and free education.

As taxi drivers tout for fair, students at the Soshanguve south campus gates expressed their concerns.

"This is going to affect us very badly. We have very little time, a lot of subjects and a lot of work," a concerned student said.

Another student said they have barely had any classes.

"I have to go back home without learning anything. We had two or three classes but the strike started."

Other students are concerned about how the protests will affect their bursary programmes.

"It's unfair to us as we studied very hard and we have bursaries funding us and now these people don't want to study. They are vandalising the school and we really want to study," a student said.

TUT management hopes to stabilise the situation before reopening early next month.