TUT main campus in Pretoria West. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency / ANA
Johannesburg – The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is at the centre of a power struggle for control of the institution.

According to three sources, the fight has given rise to racial tensions and the core of the discord are the positions of vice-chancellor and chief financial officer (CFO).

The sources say there are fears that when the contract of vice-chancellor Professor Laurens van Staden ends, the next candidate will likely be a black person which has resulted in racial factions rearing their head at one of the country’s biggest institutions of higher learning.

The suspended deputy vice-chancellor for student affairs, Dr Ezekiel Moraka, is said to be the front runner to succeed Van Staden.

Sources say his suspension was meant to eliminate him from the race.