Vehicles torched in Braamfontein night of mayhem

2016-10-25 22:15

Police will maintain a visible presence in and around Braamfontein following protests over university fees that saw one bus and a police vehicle set alight.


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Last Updated at 15:25
25 Oct 23:02

Johannesburg - A Wits University bus was burnt at Queens Street near Braamfontein in Parktown on Tuesday evening, News24's Lizeka Tandwa reports from the scene. The bus was torched moments after passengers disembarked.

A fire brigade was on the scene extinguishing the fire when News24 arrived. A witness to the fire said he heard a loud noise before the bus exploded.  "I did not see who did it.

We just saw a loud bang and what seemed like an explosion, a man told News24. It's unclear if the torching was related to the university fees’ protests.

Earlier, a bus was burnt in Braamfontein and late Tuesday afternoon a police vehicle had also been completely gutted. Gauteng police said they would maintain a heavy police presence in the Braamfontein area.

25 Oct 22:02

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25 Oct 21:57
A second bus has been torched, this time a Wits University bus in Parktown.

25 Oct 20:36
At Rhodes right now:

25 Oct 20:30
It's still unclear who is responsible for the burning bus and police vehicle in Braamfontein, reporter Oliver Meth says.

25 Oct 20:10
Meanwhile, the situation at Rhodes appears too have calmed down.

25 Oct 19:58
Firefighters have arrived to douse the flames from the burning bus.

25 Oct 19:46
Reporters now tweeting that a bus has been torched in Braamfontein. No passengers inside.

25 Oct 19:13
As darkness settles on Braamfontein, protestors have dispersed

25 Oct 19:12
Fire-fighters have withdrawn as their vehicle was stoned in Braamfontein

25 Oct 19:10
Have you been affected by the violence in Braamfontein? Tell us your story

25 Oct 19:08

25 Oct 19:06
People have called for hooliganism and violence associated with the university fees protests to be addressed

25 Oct 19:03

25 Oct 19:00
Despite the violence, Google Maps reports easing traffic in Braamfontein

25 Oct 18:57
Cars were also torched at UCT and UWC earlier, and it appears that the violent element in escalating

25 Oct 18:55

A police vehicle has allegedly been set alight near Noswal Hall in Braamfontein.

Police confirmed that the van was burning, but were not immediately able to provide further details.

25 Oct 18:52

25 Oct 18:51
Rhodes calm but tense so far as police take charge

25 Oct 18:50
Police trying to disperse protestors in Braamfontein, unclear whether protestors are all students

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Some threw rocks at police

25 Oct 18:44

25 Oct 18:43
Roads around residences blocked. Police at Rhodes firing teargas and stun grenades

25 Oct 18:42
You have to be there one hour early, can take nothing in with you, and will be patted down before entering

25 Oct 18:42
At Rhodes, students are upset at new exam regulations

25 Oct 18:41
Some people are angry at continued student protests

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25 Oct 18:35
Fires raging in the roads in Braamfontein

25 Oct 18:34

25 Oct 18:34
Universities closed but protests continue in Braamfontein

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25 Oct 18:32
The decision to suspend classes at the University of Limpopo earlier this week has helped the institution avert costly destruction of infrastructure, it said on Friday.

25 Oct 18:32
In the wake of forced university shut-downs in the face of renewed unrest over rising fees, it has been reported that UCT, Wits, CPUT and UWC are among the tertiary institutions that have decided to close their doors until next week.

25 Oct 18:32
Everything you need to know about the university fees protests

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