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VUT management calls urgent meeting following student protests

Classes were suspended earlier after students blocked the main entrance leading into the university.

Students at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) block the main entrance of the institution in protest over a number of issues on 11 February 2019. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Management at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has a called an urgent meeting on Monday afternoon following a shut down at the institution.

Classes were suspended earlier after students blocked the main entrance leading into the university.

They're protesting over a number of issues, including financial exclusion and the non-payment of student allowances by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

VUT spokesperson Mike Khuboni said: “Stuff couldn’t access the campus [and] right now the campus remains closed. We will take a decision with management and then we will communicate the decision immediately after this message.”