Two allegedly assaulted by protesting students - Wits

2015-10-28 13:25
Johannesburg - Two people were allegedly assaulted late Wednesday morning by protesting students at Wits University's Yale Road entrance, the university said.

Spokesperson Shirona Patel told News24 the university had received two reports of assault, one from a security guard and the other a member of the public.

"We've [also] had [reports of] intimidation. Lots of people said they are being intimidated."

Patel said they were encouraging people to put their complaints in writing, including what was said to them, accompanied by any photographic or video evidence.

Late Tuesday night, several fires were started on campus. One incident involved a break-in at the Matrix student centre and the partial burning of a book shop there.

Patel said police were posted at the Yale Road entrance, and if needed they would remove students blocking it.

Protests against outsourcing also continue

She said the protesting students were demanding that people leave their lectures and classes. They apparently attempted to disrupt an engineering lecture, but students stood their ground and said they would not move, and the lecture continued.

Elsewhere on campus, a group of around 30 students and 120 workers demonstrated against outsourcing. University management was due to meet this group around lunch time.

"At the same time we are going to talk to the employer," Patel said.

"We will address them to discuss what we plan to do."

While the disruptions were taking place, the majority of students at the university's Braamfontein campus went about their day almost as normal, although the #FeesMustFall campaign was still being discussed by many students.

The protests began at Wits University two weeks ago when the university announced a proposed 10.5% fee hike for 2016.

They quickly spread to campuses around South Africa, eventually culminating in President Jacob Zuma announcing a freeze in university fee hikes for 2016.
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