Police to monitor TUT campus

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pretoria - The Tshwane Metro Police and the South African Police Service will on Wednesday ensure that there is stability at the Soshanguve campus of the Tshwane University of Technology when it re-opens after the unrest.

The students started protesting last week about high tuition fees and lack of accommodation on campus.

A meeting was held with the Executive Mayor, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, on Monday at which it was agreed that the Tshwane Metro Police would play a key role in ensuring stability at the campus.

Under the new security plan, all students will be screened to ensure that only those who are supposed to enter the campus do so.

This will be preceded by the closing-off of the main street that passes in front of the university campus. The street will be turned into a traffic-free zone. Busses and taxis will only be allowed to drop-off students at a designated area. The students will then proceed on foot to the main gate to be screened.

The Tshwane Metro Police and the SAPS will patrol the entire campus, including residences. and maintain their presence until next week or when they have satisfied themselves that the situation is back to normal.