Vaal University Of Technology Shuts Down Due To Protests

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Academic activities at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) have been brought to a halt following an escalation in recent protest action at the university. The university issued a statement, explaining what led to the matter.


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After certain buildings at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vereeniging were set alight on Wednesday afternoon, the university was forced to close until further notice on Thursday.

The protests are alleged to have been sparked by a disagreement over NSFAS allowances and student housing funds. The protests began on Monday, and on Wednesday, students set fire to the facilities and a security office at the entrance, causing chaos.

Due to the continuous closure, staff and students were advised to return home. However, because they had to submit assignments and write tests during the closure, some students were irritated.

The VUT administration criticised the infrastructure damage and ordered students to vacate the campus residences. "Staff should work from home until advised to return to campus when it is determined safe to do so," the institution said in a statement.

Students living in university residence are instructed to vacate the residence by the latest 17:00 today [9 June 2022]. No students or visitors will be allowed on campus.

Following the disruptions and infrastructure damage, management added that it had filed criminal charges against those alleged to be responsible.

 


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