Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students are being blocked from entering Soshanguve campuses despite receiving text messages from university management informing them that classes would resume on Thursday. The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) has been leading a strike since last week.
Management has been negotiating with the student leaders and the texts requesting them to return to classes were sent after those meetings had been conducted, but on Thursday the SRC said the strike had not ended as their demands had not been met.
On Thursday morning a group of students was burning various material at the Soshanguve campus gates, stopping those returning to lectures from entering university campuses. On Wednesday the protest moved from Soshanguve to the Pretoria West campus where fire was also lit to stop others from entering the university.
One of the demands is that the fate of more than 500 students on the waiting list of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) be decided. If these students aren’t granted financial aid before the end of the academic year then their results would be blocked as they would have to pay thousands of Rand required for their tuition, money many students say they do not have.