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TUT suspends classes as protests continue

Staff Reporter

The academic programme at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Soshanguve has been suspended indefinitely by management after overnight protests.

TUT management made the decision on Monday morning following ongoing disruptions at both its Shoshanguve campuses.

The institution moved to suspend lectures after violence erupted at the weekend.

“Due to the volatility of the situation and the risk to the safety of staff and students, the University had no choice but to come to this decision, which aims to normalise the situation at the institution,” TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said in a statement on Monday.

The university has also issued suspension letters to students allegedly involved in recent protests. The students, a media statement released on Monday, “were identified as perpetrators of the ongoing protest action and damage to TUT property”

Protests erupted last month following the shooting death of final year law student Katlego Monareng, allegedly at the hands of the police.

Monareng was allegedly shot by a police officer following a protest against a perceived ‘rigged’ student representative council election outside Soshanguve north campus.

Police were deployed to the institution’s Soshanguve campus after violence erupted over claims that the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections were rigged.

TUT and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) have initiated a forensic investigation into last week Thursday’s events.

According to Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini, the ballistic report will take six weeks before results will be made available. He said the directorate is still investigating the bullet that killed Monareng.

A law firm was appointed to probe the allegations.

The institution turned to the High Court on Friday, to obtain an interdict to prevent students from protesting or causing disruptions.

“The interdict will be enforced to prevent perpetrators of the ongoing unrest and damage to TUT property from entering the Soshanguve North and South campuses. In addition, it will be enforced to prevent any person from participating in any disruptive activities on these campuses,” De Ruyter said.



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