Police to keep watch over TUT

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Pretoria - Police will keep watch over the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) until Monday following Friday's attempts to disrupt the registration process at the university's Soshanguve campus.

TUT was closed on 28 January and was reopened on Wednesday following a management meeting. Disgruntled students were said to be unhappy with what they claimed was a slow registration process and filthy residences.

On Friday, police had to use rubber bullets to disperse a small group that forced its way into the gates of the university.

"The Metro Police will maintain a presence at the campus, including the closing off of the main street that passes in front of the campus gates. The police presence will be maintained till Monday," said municipality spokesperson Console Tleane.

He said Friday's incident was a pre-meditated one and not spontaneous. "Contrary to claims the group had issued a call to disrupt proceedings. The Metro Police got hold of that information," he said.

Tleane said the group had planned to disrupt proceedings at the institution by causing violence.

"This clearly constituted incitement and intention to cause chaos. We once again wish to warn the group that any violence against the police and students will not be tolerated.

"An unprovoked attack on police officers will not under any circumstances be tolerated," he said