JOHANNESBURG – The Tshwane University of Technology has closed its Soshanguve campus until next month due to the continued disruption of lectures.
Vice-chancellor Lourens van Staden said on Monday students were instructed to vacate residences by Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, despite discussions between management, workers [and] the students’ representative council, and agreements reached, as well as a court interdict that is still in force, a small group of people are continuing to disrupt classes at the Soshanguve campuses.
“t must be noted that a number of people who are causing these disruptions are, in fact, not registered TUT students,” Van Staden said.
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He said because of the increasing violence, intimidation and assaults, the institution had a responsibility to ensure the safety of its students and staff.
The campus would reopen on April 5. The institution’s main campus in Pretoria would not be affected by the month-long closure.
“Only registered students will be allowed on the campus when it reopens. The recess scheduled for June and July will be utilised to catch up on the academic time lost as a result of the closure,” said Van Staden.
Higher education institutions in Pretoria have been marred by protests against outsourcing in recent weeks. The institutions obtained court interdicts barring protests at campuses.
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So, because of the strike, Tshwane University of Technology TUT Soshanguve campus has been closed. Not cool
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