Barely a week after South Africa’s minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande expressed optimism about peaceful resumption of academic activities in tertiary institutions across the country, more protest and disruptions are still going on for various reasons.
The catastrophic protest which was organised by students of Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria campus, took place on Tuesday night. The ugly incident saw University facilities burnt down.
According to the University spokesperson, Willa de Ruyter, the University management took a decision to suspend classes for the safety of the staff and the students. The official spokesperson further stated that:
“There was protest action that erupted during the night and there were fires set alight on campus, and after assessing the situation, the vice chancellor informed the community that the campus will be closed for today.”
The university authority would issue a statement during the course of the day to inform the community when the academic programme would commence. de Ruyter noted.