Cops spray protesting students

2010-03-04 10:36

Johannesburg - Police used a water tanker to spray protesting University of Johannesburg students in an attempt to disperse them from blocking the Bunting Road entrance to the campus on Thursday.

Lessons came to a halt as hundreds of students gathered outside to demand free education for the poor.

They sang struggle songs, danced and held a SA Students Congress (Sasco) banner and one which read: "Education remains an important pillar in community development".

There was a strong police presence at the campus.

Countrywide protest

Sasco vowed on Wednesday to close down nine universities countrywide in protest action to demand free education.

Sasco secretary general Lazola Ndamase said the University of Venda, University of Limpopo, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Johannesburg, Durban University of Technology, University of Zululand, Walter Sisulu University, Cape Peninsula University for Technology and the University of Western Cape would be shut down on Thursday.

Students said they were unhappy because President Jacob Zuma paid little attention to education in his State of the Nation address.

Ndamase said they were expecting the government to outline how it would introduce free education for undergraduate students next year.