#FeesMustFall - Shops looted in Braamfontein, clashes at UKZN - As it happened

2016-10-10 16:00

Shops have been looted in Braamfontein near Wits University and police and students clashed at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg as the #FeesMustFall protests continued.


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10 Oct 20:38

ROUND-UP: Johannesburg – Despite violent clashes between authorities and protesters on Monday, the Wits University senior executive team says it will continue with its academic programme.

"We have a strenuous week ahead but we are determined to get the full academic programme back on track," it said in a statement.Following the disruption of some lectures, protesters gathered in front of the Great Hall and threw rocks at private security.

The police responded and dispersed the crowd using teargas, stun grenades and water cannons. The protesters ran into Braamfontein, where a bus was set alight amid skirmishes with police.

The university said that despite violence many classes continued at the institution."Despite these challenges, the deans have confirmed that just over half of all lectures went ahead today across campuses."

"The national commissioner has advised that there is a clear strategy to arrest any individual involved in criminal activity. At least eleven arrests were made by the police today."

10 Oct 20:06

The Fees Must Fall protests are no longer about fees but about power and control, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said.

And they are as much a threat to the future as apartheid once was, she said adding that the protests needed to be confronted head on. "We had to stand up for the rule of law, we had to stand up for non-racialism..." she said on Monday.

10 Oct 19:38
The latest at UKZN:

10 Oct 19:04
Scenes on SABC show looting continuing in Braamfontein.

10 Oct 19:03
Jeanette Chabalala has just informed us that the UFS SRC's meeting has been cancelled as police are removing students from campus.

10 Oct 18:49

10 Oct 18:48
News24's Jeanette Chabalala reports in Bloemfontein that UFS's SRC has just called a media briefing. Clashes between police and protesters took place there as well today.

10 Oct 18:45
And at UKZN:

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10 Oct 18:35
Wits has just released a statement saying it will open on Tuesday. It also reported that despite the protests, more than half of all lectures went ahead on Monday. Please note that the Yale Road North and Yale Road South will be open tomorrow [Tuesday] morning. The Enoch Sontonga gate will be closed.

10 Oct 18:30
Meanwhile in Stellenbosch...

10 Oct 18:28
PowerFM has just tweeted that people have got into the Puma shop in Braamfontein. Grabbing merchandise, the radio station reports.

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The University of the Western Cape says it will remain closed for the rest of the week due to the protests. Meanwhile, at UCT management has decided to extend the university's suspension to Tuesday.

10 Oct 17:27
Another report says it's unclear if all of the looters in Braamfontein are even students at all.

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10 Oct 17:18
Wits student leader Mcebo Dlamini says on Tuesday protesters will "intensify" their actions, Jacaranda FM tweets.  

10 Oct 17:09
News24's Jeff Wicks at UKZN reports: Students scattered after cops rushed them. Police have now regrouped at the science building.

10 Oct 17:06

10 Oct 17:04
Jacaranda FM's Maryke Vermaak says protests are still on in Braamfontein.

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10 Oct 16:25
News24's Jeff Wicks reports that police have now been deployed at UKZN's Pietermaritzburg campus.

10 Oct 16:24
Video earlier today of police chasing Wits protesters through Braamfontein after a bus was set alight.

10 Oct 16:20
People who are not students now joining in the Braamfontein protests.

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10 Oct 16:05
Meanwhile, back in Braamfontein.

10 Oct 16:01
Phahlane says police will be in a better position later today to release arrest figures following the chaos at Wits, UKZN and UFS today.

10 Oct 16:00

"I think we are too far from a State of Emergency. We think that sense will prevail. Parents must play their part. Religious leaders must play their part.

"We can't see ourselves in a state of emergency now. This is an issue which we are grappling with in confined spaces; institutions of learning.

"Unfortunately, it seems we are bringing through a crop of leaders that this country is going to regret."

10 Oct 15:58

"We have said before that this is no longer just a Fees Must Fall matter," Phahlane says.

"Criminality has taken advantage of the Fees Must Fall initiative; people with agendas.

"If it is a just cause, it would be something they will find a way where they can negotiate and this can be resolved."

10 Oct 15:56
"Our strategy is not just to be chasing people, but have investigations to identify those who are either intimidating or making inflammatory statements."

10 Oct 15:55

"At this stage our concentration has been on the institutions. As groups are dispersed, they run into different directions and regroup (like in Braamfontein)," Phahlane says.

"When they regroup, it becomes a cat and mouse situation.

"We focused ourselves on investigating some of the crime scenes. But we are trying to effect arrest of those who are found to commit an unlawful act under the guise of Fees Must Fall.

"So certainly, arrests are imminent in a number of instances.

"But we so wish that sense would prevail amongst those who say they are leaders.

"We don't believe violence and destroying property is the answer."

10 Oct 15:52
Phahlane now fielding questions from the media.

10 Oct 15:50
Police will continue their duties in policing Fees Must Fall protests, he concludes.

10 Oct 15:49
"We thank the students at the universities who have reacted in a calm, safe, non violent manner."

10 Oct 15:48
"We call on student leaders to act with outward respect. We condemn any incitement to violence," Phahlane says.

10 Oct 15:47
"An attack on the laws of the land can only be described as an attack on the State itself," he tells reporters on the bus that was burnt in Braamfontein.

10 Oct 15:46
Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane is currently holding a press briefing in Pretoria on the police's response to nationwide university protests.

10 Oct 15:43

10 Oct 15:37
More on the priest reportedly shot with rubber bullets by police.

Video footage is doing the rounds on Twitter.

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10 Oct 15:34
Police apparently shooting at some of the journalists thinking they are protesters.

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