Paintball guns used to disperse protesting UFS students

2016-10-10 13:48
UFS Students protesting on Campus following the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande's announcement (Jeanette Chabalala, News24, file)

UFS Students protesting on Campus following the Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande's announcement (Jeanette Chabalala, News24, file)

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Bloemfontein - More students have been arrested at the University of Free State as #FeesMustFall protests continued on Monday.

Police spokesperson Captain Chaka Marope said 16 students were arrested before 12:00.

Security used paintball guns to disperse the protesting group outside computer labs at the university's main campus.

Despite the protests, some students said they had attended classes without any disruptions.  

One student, who wished to remain anonymous, said the protest was a waste of time.

"I am panicking right now. I attended classes this morning and one class was cancelled. This is my final year and I just want to finish," she said.

On Monday morning, police confirmed that seven students had been arrested for disrupting lectures.

Free Education Movement leader Asive Dlanjwa said they had met with management, calling for the removal of police on campus and for management to engage with students. They also wanted management to lift the court interdict.

"Management said if we stop the shutdown then they will release the arrested students. We will not be intimidated or side-tracked.

"We have come too far to turn back. Nothing has changed. We will discuss the way forward with the students," he said.

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