The EFF student command declared a shutdown of Tshwane University of Technology campuses on Monday. EFF Student command chairperson Kingsley Baloyi said the party called on all students to join their revolutionary struggle.
“All doors and gates of TUT shall be closed now and remain closed until management listens,” he said. The students are protesting over NSFAS funding, fees and student accommodation, among other issues. Baloyi said they were continuously advocating for social transformation of institutions of higher learning, “particularly at TUT”.
“We have previously indicated that free education is a right and all students must be in the university’s databases regardless of having a poor or rich background.” Baloyi said they were, however, disgusted by the high level of “brutal arrogance” presented by the negotiating team of the financial aid committee. He said they met with the committee on Friday 8 February, to discuss issues affecting students and aimed to try to find solutions to their matters.
“We were made aware that the financial aid committee had decided to deliberately silence the students’ voices through the SRC, by avoiding issues and turning the meeting to a one-sided address.” Baloyi said they would not allow the committee to disorganise them as it showed no interest in helping the students “It is alarming and concerning that TUT continues to milk the poor students’ monies (sic) through their corrupt processes with regards to fees and application fees.” ALSO READ: NSFAS warns of new phishing scam Baloyi said the student command demanded TUT executives pay back the application fees of all rejected applications.
Baloyi said they demanded TUT lift all the academic and financial exclusions on students, “extortion on the whole registration process” and allow the free registration for the poor regardless of outstanding fees.