Limpopo campus quiet after protests

2013-10-11 10:22
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Polokwane - The situation at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus was quiet and under control on Friday after a wave of protests, police said.

"We are still monitoring the situation, but it is very quiet," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

On Thursday, police used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse a group of protesters at the university.

Mulaudzi said the protest started on Wednesday night, and continued into Thursday morning.

"Some of the protesters stoned vehicles and blocked the entrances to the university. We had to bring in reinforcements to assist local police," he said.

Twelve students were arrested and charged with public violence. They would appear in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court soon.

Mulaudzi said the protests were sparked by a dispute over Student Representative Council (SRC) elections.

"Different student bodies were fighting among themselves but we cannot allow students to take matters into their own hands and destroy public property," Mulaudzi said.

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