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Wed May 25 22:49:18 SAST 2016

TUT gets interdict against protesters

Mpho Raborife | 26 January, 2016 18:26
Students who still needed to register were urged to do so online. File photo
Image by: Eric Malema

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has obtained a court interdict against those protesting against the outsourcing of services at the institution's campuses.

"This follows the protesters preventing the university's staff and students from gaining access to the Pretoria West campus yesterday, which caused activities at that campus to be suspended on Monday and Tuesday," the university said in a statement on its website.

Activities at the institution's Arts and Arcadia campuses were suspended as a result.

Students who still needed to register were urged to do so online.

TUT said it had constituted an institutional task team in December last year to address the matter of insourcing the outsourced services.

According to the statement, the task team's discussions had continued on Tuesday and representatives of affected workers were invited to attend the meeting. "Unfortunately, the task team meeting was disrupted when a group of protesters gained access to, and vandalised, the venue.

"As a result, the University has resolved not to resume activities at the Pretoria West, Arts and Arcadia campuses until further notice," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters' Student Command at TUT reaffirmed its commitment to continue protesting.

"The said branch wants to place it on record that irrespective of the court interdict that was served... we shall solider on until every employee of the service provider is hired permanently by TUT," it said in a statement.

The Student Command also called for TUT's suspended registrar, Matoane Mothata, to be reinstated. It was unclear why Mothata had been suspended.

"This is day two of our struggle and we are prepared to close TUT for six months in order to achieve insourcing and the reinstatement of the registrar," it said.

Source News 24

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