Soshanguve TUT student choose studying over protesting

Sasco’s Thapelo Mhlongo says a protest would negatively affect students at the campus due to short notice.

University of Pretoria students protest on the institution’s Hatfield campus over possible university fee hikes for the 2017 academic year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Student structures at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s Soshanguve campus says although they support free tertiary education, they will not participate in the ongoing fees protests.

Many university students around the country including other TUT campuses, have been demonstrating since Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities will determine their own fees hikes, up to 8 percent.

Nzimande also announced government would also subsidise the poor and the so called missing middle

South African Students Congress's Thapelo Mhlongo says a protest would negatively affect students at the campus because they started their current academic year in April.

"Now if we too embark on these protests again, we're going to waste more time and if we check, we're not even halfway through to the syllabus."