WATCH: Joburg roads cleared after protesting Wits students bring traffic to standstill

2016-10-17 10:35
(Lerato Sejake, News24)

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

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Johannesburg - Roads around Wits University's education campus in Parktown have now been cleared of debris after a number of fires were lit overnight, the university said on Monday.

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A group of about 50 students sang and chanted near the Parktown campus's residence. With faces covered and using dustbin lids as shields, the group chanted "Free Mcebo".

Former Wits SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini, who is one of the leaders of the Fees Must Fall movement, was arrested over the weekend and was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday morning.

In Parktown, two Nyalas could be seen at the entrance of the residence, with a handful of police officers in riot gear monitoring the area.

Students had set traffic cones on fire and used rocks to block the roads. Rubber bullet casings could be seen scattered on the ground, apparently from overnight clashes between police and students.

According to Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel, fires were made in dustbins and on the grass on the main campus. They were extinguished by campus security.

Security guard assaulted

"Several stone throwing incidents occurred and windows were broken at the Matrix building," Patel said.

"A security guard was assaulted outside the men's res and his vehicle's windows were broken."

She said several roads inside the university and at residences had been barricaded, but were eventually cleared.

She said stun grenades were used to disperse students. However, no police had entered any residences during the process.

No buildings were destroyed and no officers were injured.

By 09:30, protesting students were dispersing and making their way to the Hillbrow and Johannesburg magistrate's courts to support students who were arrested over the weekend, including Dlamini.

Earlier, the roads linking Parktown and Rosebank had been blocked by protesting students, causing heavy traffic delays.

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

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