TUT suspends academic programme amid student protests

TUT suspends academic programme amid student protests

The Tshwane University of Technology has suspended its academic programme due to student protests on several of its campuses on Tuesday. 

TUT students in Pretoria 2
Photo: Samkelo Maseko

The protests began on Monday morning after some students were unable to register due to historical debt. 

TUT spokesperson Phaphama Tshisikhawe says the university is in discussions with the SRC to try and find an amicable solution.  

“The Tshwane University of Technology is currently in discussions with the SRC following protest action by Progressive Youth Alliance student organisation at some Pretoria campuses.”

On Monday, a group of students block the entrance to one of the campuses by forming a human chain in front of the booms, barring anyone from entering the premises.

They also blocked the entrance with burning tyres. 

The TUT protests come amid similar action at Wits University, where students want the university allow those owing study debts of R150 000 or less to register for the academic year.  

Tshisikhawe says students cannot afford further disruptions to the academic calendar.

“We regret the disruption of the academic programme of the university at our Pretoria campuses and students enrolled at these campuses that have been affected cannot afford any further disruptions to the academic year.

“Current discussions are aimed at the speedy resumption of normal academic operations at the Pretoria campuses. The protesting student organisation has not yet submitted a memorandum of grievances either to TUT management or the SRC.”


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