TUT & UP SRC leaders hopeful lectures will resume peacefully

SRC presidents from the institutions say the atmosphere on their campuses remains calm.

FILE: Demonstrating students and the police have clashed at the University of Pretoria’s main entrance, where several students have also been arrested on 19 February 2016. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Student leaders from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Pretoria (UP) say they hope lectures will resume peacefully next week.

Student Representative Council (SRC) presidents from both campuses say no protest action is expected when the new starts again on Monday.

Earlier this year, students and staff took a stand over several issues, including language policies and outsourcing.

SRC presidents from the institutions say the atmosphere on their campuses remains calm.

UP's Thabo Shingange says talks between management and student's continue over several outstanding issues.

"Representatives from the universities discussed further the issue of Afrikaans must fall and which policies will be reviewed."

TUT's Stembiso Shandu says the SRC won't hesitate to resort to protest action if their demands aren't met.

"If what they said is going to be implemented isn't implemented I'm sorry to say, but I'll be part of the people who are going to revolt."

The North West University opened yesterday after academic activities there were suspended for more than three weeks.