26 April 2017 | Hawa Mayere | Image: Azhar Vadi
Tshwane university of Technology (TUT) #FeesMustFall activists, Hector Sinugu, Millicent Nkwashu and Precious Rapetswa are challenging the university following their suspension.
The three are want the university to overturn a decision which was taken to suspend them from TUT for a period of five years. Sinugu, Nkwashu and Rapetswa were part of former student representative council (SRC) which gathered students during the fees must fall protests.
The trio have pleaded guilty for organising an illegal gathering. They however argue that they were acting in the interest of the students’ needs which they were appointed to do.
Sinugu who was doing his final year in legal assistance said, “The suspension is politically motivated and we are targeted by the university as the ruling was bias and unfair towards us.”
Former student leader and activist, Stembiso Shandu, who has strongly been supporting the suspended students, believes that this will destroy the future of these young people and has called on all students nationwide to support the end of student victimisation in the universities.
The fate is now in the hands of the North Gauteng Court as the ruling will either lead to them returning back to the university or not.
The court case has been postponed to Tuesday May 2nd as some documents were missing.