Two former Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and a current member of the students’ representative council (SRC) are to appear before court on Thursday on charges of corruption.
The trio, aged 25 and 30, believed to be members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC), were arrested on Tuesday, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.
The students allegedly demanded R100 000 from a security company owner in exchange for extending the company’s contract with the university.
“The National Anti-Corruption Investigation Unit and Crime Intelligence got hold of the information, and an undercover operation was instituted,” Mulaudzi said.
The three were arrested shortly after receiving R40 000 and will appear before the Pretoria Specialised Commercialised Court.
TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said the university had distanced itself from such illegal activities.
“These people do not have the authority to guarantee the awarding or extension of contracts,” De Ruyter said.
“No individual within the university has the authority to award high-value contracts without proper scrutiny and following the proper procurement procedures.”
She said the university scrutinised all bids for tenders and ensured a fair and legal process was followed in the awarding of contracts, in line with TUT’s procurement policies.