As thousands of prospective students rushed for last minute admission to Pretoria’s Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) for the second day running yesterday police were out in full force.
The crowds braved the scorching sun in the hope that they would somehow be admitted, despite TUT making it clear that no latecomers would be accepted.
The admission seekers were met with locked gates at the main Pretoria West campus but continued to throng outside.
Not all of those waiting were late applicants. Kgomotso Kgatlhane, 19, from Randfontein had applied for a diploma in logistics last year but when she arrived to confirm her enrolment on Monday she was told there was no space available for the course.
“As an alternative I opted to register diploma in business management but was told to write an assessment test. I’m confused because nobody bothered to explain when we would write the evaluation test,” said Kgatlhane.
She said on Monday night she had to beg for accommodation in Pretoria for the night from a woman she met at the campus in order to be early in the queue again.
Nhlankanipho Luvhuyo, a final year diploma student in retail management, was unable to register for special examinations in a module due to be written next week.
“As a result I will have to repeat the module,” she said.
TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said they were still processing online applications and could not deal with walk-in applicants. “We have spoken to the Students Representative Council to address the applicants because we want to avert a repeat of (the stampede) what happened at the University of Johannesburg last year. All those who were supposed to write assessment tests and special exams will be given new dates,” said De Ruyter.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that a 20-year-old woman was raped while on her way to the TUT Soshanguve campus on Monday. The woman had travelled from KwaZulu-Natal and was robbed of her cellphone and R1 500 for registration.
WO Matthew Nkwadi said: “The student was with her four friends at Shoshanguve Block H at about 3am when four unknown men attacked them. She was raped by all her four attackers.”