- Tshwane University of Technology's SRC stated that students will not be participating in the #NationalShutdown
- The SRC said it would be unfair to partake in the protests as students want to leave the institution as graduates
- TUT's SRC did add that it does support the cause for the protests and are in talks with the institution to sort registration fees out
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has taken a bold stance by not participating in the nationwide protests against financial exclusion. TUT said it supports the call for free education but it will not be taking part in the #NationalShutdown.
SRC President Mike Mothiba says the institution is currently not facing an accommodation crisis adding that talks were underway for students to register without having to pay a registration fee upfront.
Social media has been up and down with the news of the nationwide protests but TUT students seem to be supporting their institution.
According to EWN, TUT said it does support the call for both free education and abandoning historical debt. A report by JacarandaFM stated that Mothiba said it would be 'unfair' to participate in the shutdown as students want to leave university as graduates.
Mothiba went on to state that the institution has the 'most affordable' registration fees adding that this allows for less fortunate students to study at the university.
Briefly.co.za took to Twitter to see what some South Africans have to say about TUT. Read some of the tweets below:
"#NationalShutdown THANK YOU TUT SRC for choosing to finish the 2020 academic year!!!"
"Allow the People’s University (TUT) to conclude its 2020 academic calendar. As soon as they conclude, they will not just join but intensify #NationalShutdown."
"For the First time in Many years siyi TUT we won't be joining the National Shutdown. We are too focused! #NationalShutdown #NSFAS."
"Comrades at TUT have decided to rather finish the academic year than to participate in further delays that'll just make everything worse. Students of Wits, UCT and UFS will be better off when they are done with protests. I applaud the Leadership of TUT!"
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that 26 universities would be protesting on Monday, 15 March. This is according to the South African Union of Student (SAUS). The SAUS said over the weekend that the students from the various universities will be protesting over financial exclusion.
The students want historical debt to be abandoned and for their voices to be heard. Reports say the SAUS met with Deputy Higher Education Minister Buti Manamela to share their memorandum of demands.
Social media is buzzing with the news of the #NationalShutdown with mixed opinions being shared and the hashtag at the number one trending spot on Twitter.
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