TUT's Soshanguve campuses to re-open next month

TUT's Willa de Ruyter says the institution will be using the time to resolve various issues

FILE: 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 - The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has confirmed it will be reopening its Soshanguve campuses on 5 April.

This week, the institution shut its doors following two weeks of violent clashes where students have been calling for the lifting of financial and academic exclusions, and the immediate implementation of insourcing.

Almost all students living in residences were evacuated from TUT's premises leaving most outraged.

The institution's Willa de Ruyter says the institution will be using the time to resolve various issues.

The university says students have been communicating to parents who have also been invited to meet with the institution's management next Saturday

This year's June exams have also been pushed forward while an academic catch up programme is compiled.

TUT CITES 3RD FORCE DRIING PROTESTS

TUT says it appears as if there is a third force driving the recent protests on its Soshanguve campuses.

There have been reports that recent protests have not been led by students but external people.

De Ruyter says they are still trying to verify who is behind the recent protests.

The institution says the registration process at the beginning of this year went smoothly and there has been continuous engagement with student representatives.

She says there were plans for classes to resume at the end of last month and they were taken aback by the renewed demonstrations.