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TUT student council backs decision to continue classes

The SRC has assured management of its cooperation if students are given the rest of the week to catch up.

FILE: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)’s Soshanguve campus. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Tshwane University of Technology's institutional SRC says while it is still committed to the struggle for free education, it is important that academic activities continue.

The SRC has assured management of its cooperation if students are given the rest of the week to catch up with their studies.

The SRC's Secretary General Thabang Hangwane says it is their responsibility to ensure that students complete the 2016 academic year.

Hangwane also says they have considered the fate of matriculants who will not be able to study further if the academic year is halted.

"Next year there must be an enrolment of those who are still in matric, so we would not want to block enrolment because of those who are still in the system."

The university is expected to open its libraries and computer labs with students expected to be continuing with lectures tomorrow.

Meanwhile the North West University (NWU) says its Vaal Triangle campus has been closed down until Thursday.

Classes at the campus were initially halted last week Friday when protesting students were involved in clashes with police.

Students returned to classes yesterday, however, lectures were disrupted at the Vaal Triangle campus which led to the institution shutting down again.

The university is maintaining a high police presence on the Mahikeng and Vaal Triangle campuses.

The university's Louise Jacobs said: "We've continuously been in discussions with the campus' student representative councils. Also over the past weekend, especially on the Mahikeng campus."

The institution says an unconfirmed number of students have been arrested for contravening a court order and public violence.

NWU says there have been no protests on its Potchefstroom campus.