Campus Life

Bus in flames symbolizes burning issues



A bus belonging to Stabus a company rendering students transportation to TUT, was found in flames on Tuesday morning. This comes after rumours surfaced on Monday that the students were planning a protest. This troubling incident occurred at approximately 4am at the Pretoria Main Campus.

The bus was found by on site security personnel at the campus and they have thus confirmed that the students remain the alleged suspects. A police official who wanted to remain anonymous confirmed that indeed a bus was burnt although that can’t prove yet that it is the students, he said it was found burning at around 4 am in the morning by the parking lots.

Following the burnt bus, the students flocked in numbers chanting and singing revolutionary songs towards the main gate. As their numbers increased they resorted on shutting down the main gate preventing those outside to come in, while those who are inside remained trapped.

Meanwhile the student’s claim that the institution has lied to them about funds early this year when they were protesting for the similar challenges. A student representative who wished to remain anonymous fearing to be victimised said the strike is retaliation to talks which they had with the University’s management earlier this year.

“The University’s Executive Management Committee (EMC), doesn’t take them serious. The EMC is earning fat salaries while our  education is compromised, there was a 90 million rand that was refunded by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) ,but students were sent sms’s saying there is no money for them to study as promised by the Minister of High Education and Training (Blade Nzimande)”, he said.

TUT has released an internal statement to its employees, saying all lectures and academics activities at TUT’s Pretoria & Ga-Rankuwa campus have been suspended for the day, 9 September due to student protest action. It said the protest seems to be related to NSFAS funding. They will keep them updated on the situation during the day.



By Mokete Radebe