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TUT students march to Chamber of Mines to demand funding

The SRC says all campuses are on a standstill as they demand contribution from private sector.

FILE: Students from the Tshwane University of Technology demonstrating in Pretoria CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Students of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) are marching from Gandhi Square in Johannesburg to the Chamber of Mines to demand funding for free tertiary education.

About 700 students are expected to participate on the march as they arrive with buses from their campuses in Pretoria.

Yesterday, they closed their TUT campuses at Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve with burning tyres and stones in a call for free tertiary education.

SRC deputy president Freddy Khoza says all their campuses are on a stand still as they demand contribution from private sector.

"We're going to march to the Chamber of Mines to tell them that we want a contribution from the private sector towards the achievement of free quality education, because we believe that the private sector makes a lot of money."

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Mines has encouraged business to engage with protesting students to find a solution to the impasse over fees.

The chamber has sent a response to the SRC at Wits University, saying that they are willing to engage with them on Monday.

Students from the university marched to the Chamber of Mines offices in Newtown last month to hand over a memorandum of demands.

The chamber's Mustak Ally says, "We have extended the invite and at this stage we've not yet received a response. The chamber itself is open to engagement, however also feels the engage, in other to create a viable solution, needs to be on a broader business base."