UFS to investigate disrupted Varsity Cup match

Bloemfontein – The University of the Free State (UFS) has condemned the violence against protesters that disrupted the Varsity Cup Match between Shimlas and NMMU on Monday and has launched an investigation into the incident.

“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.

According to Lacea Loader, director of communication and brand management at UFS, the rugby players of both teams, as well as the match officials, immediately cleared the field as the protesters moved across the field towards the halfway line.

“Members of the UFS Protection Services gathered around the protesters but were outnumbered. After a few minutes, spectators ran onto the field. The protesters were chased off the field and beaten by the spectators.”

People who were injured during the incident were treated on the scene by medical personnel.

Loader said both the protesters and spectators included people that are not enrolled at the university.

The university has launched an urgent investigation into the matter using footage from the event to identify people that acted violently.

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