Wits slowly returning to normal despite fires

2015-10-28 10:59
The remains of a bookstore following a fire at Wits University.

The remains of a bookstore following a fire at Wits University.

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Johannesburg - Despite fires overnight and some blocked entrances on Wednesday morning, student life seemed to be slowly but surely returning to normal at the University of Witwatersrand.

A group of about 12 students were seen blocking one of the roads leading onto the campus where overturned concrete bins and logs were lying in the street.

But most students were just walking around them, continuing with their day, unwilling to talk to the media.

Those protesting were shouting at passing students, "Free education is here!" with a handful of security guards looking on.

"We don't want media here... don't talk us," protesters said.

A wall had been sprayed graffiti, saying: "Run Habib Run," in reference to Vice Chancellor Adam Habib.

One student walking by wondered out loud why the protesters were in the road, saying classes had returned to normal.

Outside the great hall, a group were singing and chanting against worker outsourcing.

Earlier on Wednesday, Wits said in a statement that several fires were started "deliberately and simultaneously" on its Braamfontein campus overnight, but that the fires were extinguished quickly and no one was injured.

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