Academic programmes suspended at TUT as election rigging violence erupts

Disturbing developments have emerged from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Soshanguve campus overnight.

One person was killed after students claimed that the process for the new Student Representative Council (SRC) vote had been rigged.

Ipid is now investigating the shooting.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela on The Midday Report, EWN reporter Pilane Phakgadi says the situation at the campus is calmer.

READ: 1 dead at TUT's Soshanguve campus, police accused of using live ammunition

Student leaders have come and mobilised students in an area and talked to them.

Pilane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

They say they do not want more casualties, he says.

Because there were already ideas that they wanted to march to the police station where they were going to protest until the police officer who was allegedly involved in the killing of their fellow student is arrested.

Pilane Phakgadi, EWN reporter

He adds that the student leaders calmed them down and asked them to go to their rooms while they went into a meeting to try and find a solution.

He says even though there is calm, no academic programmes are running at the campus today as the students say they should be left to mourn the death of a fellow student.

Manyathela also spoke to TUT spokesperson Willa De Ruyter who says the university has launched a full-scale investigation into what transpired yesterday.

We will support the police and Ipid on their investigations as well. And it was also decided this morning to suspend the activities at the Soshanguve north and south campuses.

Willa De Ruyter, TUT spokesperson

To allow the situation to calm down, we will monitor the situation throughout the day and also throughout the weekend.

Willa De Ruyter, TUT spokesperson

Listen below to the full interview:


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