WATCH: Joburg roads cleared after protesting Wits students bring traffic to standstill

2016-10-17 10:35
(Lerato Sejake, News24)

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Roads around Wits University's education campus in Parktown have now been cleared of debris after a number of fires were lit overnight, the university said on Monday.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

A group of about 50 students sang and chanted near the Parktown campus's residence. With faces covered and using dustbin lids as shields, the group chanted "Free Mcebo".

Former Wits SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini, who is one of the leaders of the Fees Must Fall movement, was arrested over the weekend and was expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday morning.

In Parktown, two Nyalas could be seen at the entrance of the residence, with a handful of police officers in riot gear monitoring the area.

Students had set traffic cones on fire and used rocks to block the roads. Rubber bullet casings could be seen scattered on the ground, apparently from overnight clashes between police and students.

According to Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel, fires were made in dustbins and on the grass on the main campus. They were extinguished by campus security.

Security guard assaulted

"Several stone throwing incidents occurred and windows were broken at the Matrix building," Patel said.

"A security guard was assaulted outside the men's res and his vehicle's windows were broken."

She said several roads inside the university and at residences had been barricaded, but were eventually cleared.

She said stun grenades were used to disperse students. However, no police had entered any residences during the process.

No buildings were destroyed and no officers were injured.

By 09:30, protesting students were dispersing and making their way to the Hillbrow and Johannesburg magistrate's courts to support students who were arrested over the weekend, including Dlamini.

Earlier, the roads linking Parktown and Rosebank had been blocked by protesting students, causing heavy traffic delays.

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

(Lerato Sejake, News24)

Read more on:    wits university  |  johannesburg  |  university fees  |  university protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.