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18 cars set alight at Tshwane University of Technology

Sapa | 2014-09-20 12:12:39.0
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Protesting students of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have set alight at least 18 cars belonging to the institution, police said on Saturday.

"Cases of malicious damage to property and public violence have been opened," spokeswoman Lt-Col Khensani Magoai said.

The cars were set alight at TUT's Soshanguve campus on Friday night, as students continued with the protest action which has been on going for almost two weeks. Magoai said there were no injuries and no one had been arrested. She said police were monitoring the situation.

The protests have seen the closure of the institution on a number of occasions and the suspension of the Student Representative Council (SRC).The suspension was lifted on Wednesday, following talks between the two parties.

On September 17, it was agreed that the strike would be suspended and lectures would resume. Students were protesting against the lack of funds in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

TUT spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter was not immediately available for comment. She said the institution would release a statement. The SRC were not immediately available to comment.

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