Registration continue at TUT amid violence

Violence erupted at the Soshanguve north campus on Thursday morning as students and security staff clashed. Photo: Archives
Violence erupted at the Soshanguve north campus on Thursday morning as students and security staff clashed. Photo: Archives

Students at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Soshanguve south campus are still continuing with their protest amid violence that started on Thursday.

The protest which is part of the #FeesMustFall national campaign resumed last week Wednesday.

Deputy president of the student representative council (SRC), Sthembiso Ka Shandu said: “We are going to enter our campus, no one will stop us. If they (security staff hired by TUT) want to shoot us again today, we are ready for them.”

“Some of our students were shot and wounded but that would not deter us from continuing with the protest.”

Soshanguve police spokesperson Captain Rheineth Motlana said they are aware of the violence on Thursday morning at the campus but she said no case of a shooting was opened with the police.

“We do not know much about that incident as no case was opened or reported to us by campus management or the protesting student,” she said.

A statement posted on the university’s website said: “The university condemns and regrets the protest action that flared up again on Thursday morning at the Soshanguve campuses.

“Protesting students temporarily prevented the resumption of registration at the Soshanguve south campus. Security guards were forced to use rubber bullets and a water cannon to disperse students who pelted them with stones.”

According to the statement the situation at the Soshanguve south campus was calm and registration would continue as planned until the end of business today. “It is the final deadline for 2016 registration at Soshanguve campuses. Academic activities at both campuses will commence next Monday.”

Yesterday Rekord reported that a five-year-old child was shot and wounded.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said what happens outside the university had nothing to do with TUT but an investigation had been lodged by campus management.

She also said only registrations are conducted at the south campus and said students should register (today), as it was the last day TUT will do registrations for the current academic year.

Also read: 

TUT protests continue

‘Lack of funding fuels TUT protests’

TUT students set vehicles and halls ablaze

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