The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has resolved to approach the Pretoria High Court to end the EFF-led shutdown. TUT EFF student command shut down the university on Monday in protest against what it called the harassment of students for fees.
“This notice serves to inform all stakeholders that the Tshwane University of Technology will approach the Pretoria High Court to obtain a court order to stop any parties from obstructing access to any of its campuses or continuing to incite or participate in any protest action that disrupts the university’s activities,” said TUT. ALSO READ: Doors, gates of TUT shall remain closed – EFF SC Academic activities at Pretoria – arts, Arcadia, Ga-Rankuwa, eMalahleni and Mbombela campuses remain suspended. “The situation at all campuses will be monitored continuously.
” EFF student command chairperson Kingsley Baloyi said the party called on all students to join the 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 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.” ALSO READ: TUT to reopen following violent protests Baloyi said they were, however, students were “disgusted by the high level of brutal arrogance” by the negotiating team to the financial aid committee.
He said they met with the committee on Friday, 8 February, to discuss and find solutions to the issues affecting students.