EFF members deface UFS statue during protest - As it happened

2016-02-23 14:00

Tensions at the University of Pretoria and the University of Free State continued to be stoked on Tuesday, as AfriForum and the EFF had simultaneous protests at the two universities respectively.

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23 Feb 14:19
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Read on for how the day's events unfolded at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State.

23 Feb 13:43

Netwerk24 reports that the EFF, National Front members and a prayer group have all left the area outside the main gate at the University of Pretoria.

The groups will be back tomorrow, Netwerk24 reports, including AfriForum, who will hand in a memorandum.


23 Feb 13:25

Student pastors have called on students across the country to put aside their differences and work together to find an amicable solution to the current impasse.

"We need to speak a message of reconciliation, a message of love and hope. A message that will help us as young people not to go back to how things were 20 years ago," said Khoatheli Sello in Pretoria.

Sello along Sylvester Underhay led a prayer session in front of the University of Pretoria on Tuesday as Afrikaans-speaking people marched to ensure the language remained at the university.

"This affects us and our country. We felt it necessary to make a united front and say South Africa let's hold hands and build our nation," said Sello.


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23 Feb 12:51
A GIF of EFF protesters defacing the CR Swart statue at the University of the Free State.

23 Feb 12:51
A GIF of EFF protesters defacing the CR Swart statue at the University of the Free State.

23 Feb 12:41

A group of students at the University of Pretoria have started praying in a circle outside the main gate.

It is not immediately clear if the group is affiliated to any formal campus structures.


23 Feb 12:30
More images of the UP student "chained" up for Afrikaans...

23 Feb 12:24

And we are up to date...

Currently at the University of Pretoria, a student has chained herself up to a gate with a sign stating "Afrikaans in kettings", translating to "Afrikaans in chains".


23 Feb 12:21

Back to happening on Tuesday morning...

EFF supporters entered the main gates UFS around 11:40.


23 Feb 12:20

Tensions were raised further at the University of Free State following the disruption of a Varsity Cup rugby match between Shimlas and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Monday night.

Student protesters stormed the field during the game, leading to an on-field brawl between rugby supporters and the protesters.

Not all involved though engaged in violence, with some opting to help injured peers on both sides of the brawl.

Below is an image of Shimlas supporters helping an injured Outsourcing Must Fall protester, taken by Volksblad staffer Conrad Bornman.


23 Feb 12:15

The defaced CR Swart statue at UFS.

Photo by News24's Jeanette Chabalala.


23 Feb 12:13
EFF protesters also took to smashing glass cabinet displays UFS, labelling one of the buildings the "Robert Sobukwe Law School".

23 Feb 12:13
EFF protesters also took to smashing glass cabinet displays UFS, labelling one of the buildings the "Robert Sobukwe Law School".

23 Feb 12:13

EFF protesters also took to smashing glass cabinet displays UFS, labelling one of the buildings the "Robert Sobukwe Law School".

This photo was taken by News24's Jeanette Chabalala, showing a university employee painting over the spraypaint.


23 Feb 12:09
More pictures of EFF protesters defacing the CR Swart statue at UFS.

23 Feb 12:09

Meanwhile, at the University of the Free State, EFF protesters began their own march by defacing the statue of CR Swart on the campus.

Photo supplied by Bongani Zwane.


23 Feb 12:05
More pictures from AfriForum's march in Pretoria.

23 Feb 12:05
More pictures from AfriForum's march in Pretoria.

23 Feb 12:04
Since then, at the University of Pretoria, AfriForum students have started their march, holding placards and singing.

23 Feb 12:00

In Bloemfontein, News24's Jeanette Chabalala is at the University of the Free State, where EFF supporters have started their own protest outside UFS's main gate in support of workers and students.

This picture too was taken around 11:00.


23 Feb 12:00

A picture posted by News24's Karabo Ngoepe before AfriForum's march to "save Afrikaans" at the University of Pretoria.

Students and members of the organisation assemble just before 11:00 ahead of their planned march.


23 Feb 12:00
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.

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