We never expected to be met with such force - UWC student

2015-10-23 14:59
Students gather at UWC in protest over fees. (Paul Herman, News24)

Students gather at UWC in protest over fees. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - A University of the Western Cape #FeesMustFall spokesperson said the protesting students have been forced to take extra precautions to avoid possible injuries, after police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the students on Thursday night.

"None of us expected to be met with such force on our own campus." said Awongiwe Mango, UWC Fees Will Fall spokesperson.

"We've also asked some students who have first aid training to join us, because we need to be prepared now."

SRC president Akona Lando addressed rumours that injured UWC protesters were prevented from going to hospital on Thursday night. "We had problems initially with the police not letting injured students leave the premises [last night]," she told News24 on Friday.

"But we eventually got everyone who was injured to Tygerberg [hospital]. Lots of students were bruised and itching from being hit with rubber bullets. "Another girl dislocated her shoulder while running, and another broke her arm after a fall.

"But everyone who was injured got treated late last night"                                           

UWC protesters spent much of Friday morning rousing support from the various residences on the Bellville campus.

A gathering of between 800 students marched and chanted on the streets slowly adding to their number ahead of a proposed meeting with the Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius at student centre.

Many day students were prevented from coming onto campus following the closure of the campus on Thursday afternoon by university management.

University spokesperson Luthando said though the Vice Chancellor will not be able to meet with students on Friday, but will do so over the weekend.

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