EFF protesters enter closed UFS campus

2016-02-23 13:33
EFF supporters singing outside UFS main gate in support of workers and students. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

EFF supporters singing outside UFS main gate in support of workers and students. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Tensions at the University of Pretoria and the University of Free State continue to be stoked, as AfriForum and the EFF host simultaneous protests at the two universities respectively.WATCH

Bloemfontein - Tempers flared at the University of the Free State on Tuesday morning, hours after a Varsity Cup rugby match was disrupted.

Dozens of Economic Freedom Fighters supporters, clad in red T-shirts and berets, spilled onto the campus and blockaded the main gate, despite the university announcing that it had been closed for the day.

Groups of students and EFF members flocked to the CR Swart statue and set it alight. Other students chased them away.

Protesters smashed glass cabinets and spray painted the words "Robert Sobukwe Law School" on one building.

Later in the morning, EFF members were seen trampling on yellow African National Congress T-shirts.

Student Representative Council President Lindokukle Ntuli told students: "Comrades, let us not deviate. We have one struggle and are all black. Let us not be divided."

Despite accusations of racism on both sides, photos circulating on Twitter showed white and black students helping one another after clashes on the rugby field on Monday evening.

UFS management condemned the violence.

"The senior leadership of the UFS condemns in the strongest terms possible the violence against the protesters. Nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands," the university said in a statement on Monday evening.

The situation appeared to have calmed down by noon on Tuesday.

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