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Students’ boycotts, traps staff inside the University

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Staff members at the Pretoria and Ga-rankuwa campuses’ are now trapped inside the university due to students boycotting at the gates. The students, most intoxicated have placed bricks and tyres outside the main gates preventing movements of cars from staff members.

With a vigorous attitude the students are setting a tormenting atmosphere at the TUT Pretoria and Ga-rankuwa campuses. The students have gathered in numbers to boycott the gates by putting stones and tyres to block movement of cars going in or out. They are also chanting and singing revolutionary songs outside the gates.

In an interview with we chat one of the students at the scene said management is not taking them serious. He said it was part of their plan to trap all these staff members inside so that they can get their answers. He further claims that the Vice Chancellor is not acting like their mother.

“They always say they “empower” people in the slogan , but how do they “empower” them if they do not want to pay for their fees in order for them to graduate, all they are doing is to disempower us , because their children study abroad in better Universities, hence they do not care about us”, the student said.

We chat, now understands that staff members had yesterday afternoon received emails saying that the Tshwane Campuses (Arcadia, Arts, Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria and Soshanguve) will reopen for all staff members, today 11 September 2014. Graduations will continue as scheduled at Soshanguve on 11 and 12 September 2014. Staff members who work at the Pretoria Campus may use both the main and west entrances tomorrow. A further communication will be issued with regards to the resumption of classes.

But they now got emails saying that due to student unrests at the Pretoria Campus, it is advised that all staff at the Pretoria Campus vacate their offices immediately. Further communication will be issued with regards to the resumption of duties.

 

By Mokete Radebe