The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) had to close its campuses in order to calm the situation over the student protests.
The strike in two Pretoria campuses — the main campus as well as the building in Mbombela — got out of control on Tuesday: groups of students blocked institution entrances with burning tires, rubbish, and stones, not allowing anyone to pass by. Besides the campuses listed above, others have continued with academic activities.
A bilateral meeting between the student leaders and the university management held in the evening has not done any progress to the conflict. TUT representatives apologized for induced delays, saying they have been making efforts to resolve the conflict as quickly as possible:
“The safety of staff, students and infrastructure is a priority for the University. As a people’s university, TUT remains committed to resolving issues within its mandate soonest. Therefore, management will continue to engage with student leaders and other relevant role players to reach amicable solutions.”