UWC students flee from stun grenades, rubber bullets

2015-10-22 20:31
(Sisanda Nkoala via Twitter)

(Sisanda Nkoala via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Police are using stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse protesting students outside the University of the Western Cape (UWC), said SRC president Akhona Landu.

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In a telephonic interview with News24, Landu said she could hear screams from students who were fleeing from the university gates.

"They are shooting at us. I can't talk now [screams], they are shooting, they are shooting, I'll call you."

Landu then dropped the phone.

She had earlier told News24 that police had used water cannon against them as they staged a sit in at Erica Drive.

"We were sitting down on the street when they told us we had to move. We refused and then they just started using water cannons. We were peaceful, I don't understand why they are treating us like this," she said.

Traffic was being diverted on Robert Sobukwe Road at UWC.

Earlier on Thursday, UWC students shut the university down as part of nationwide protests against proposed fee hikes for 2016.

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