Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Student Representative Council (SRC) president Keamogetswe Masike has been hit with a suspension letter for allegedly playing a role in an "unlawful" student protest in Pretoria last week.
Frustrated and disappointed TUT students staged a protest outside the Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande’s offices last week over the National Student Financial Aid Scheme’s (NSFAS) new direct payment system.
They were also joined and supported by a group of University of Pretoria students and the EFF students command.
The protest was also seen at the University of Free State where students protested against the same NSFAS direct payment. The university had to suspend physical classes for safety reasons.
The suspension restricted Masike from taking part in any of the TUT activities or events unless instructed to do so by the university.
He was also warned that failure to follow the order would result in his being expelled from the institution.
The TUT suspension letter from the office of the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Tinyiko Maluleke, reads:
"Allegations of misconduct have been levelled against you. It is alleged that you participated in organised, unauthorised student actions that infringe on the activities of other students or destabilise the functioning of the university.
"In view of the seriousness of the allegations and violation of University Rules and Regulations, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect as a student of the Tshwane University of Technology pending the finalisation of investigations and disciplinary actions against you.
"During the period of your suspension, you will NOT be allowed to enter any premises of the University or participate in any activities of the University unless given written permission by the Vice-Chancellor.
"Failing to comply with the conditions of your suspension may lead to further disciplinary actions against you, which may result in your immediate expulsion from the University."