AS IT HAPPENED: #FeesMustFall – Students, security guards clash at Wits

2016-09-20 13:30

Security guards have used stun grenades to disperse protesting Wits students.


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Tax payer bill to fund higher education would be around R71bn, and the money would have to come from cutting state spending on salaries and military

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Wits buildings have sustained damage as a result of the protest action

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Some have drawn parallels between the current fee protests and 1976 uprising

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Violence at Wits has resulted in police arriving on campus

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Violence at Wits campus as students clash with security guards

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Chaos has erupted at Wits

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'Tell Steve Biko I died fighting for free education' - Wits student 

(Tshidi Madia, News24) 

Wits students have abandoned plans to march towards the Hilbrow police station, resolving instead to make their way back to the main campus to hold a meeting on the way forward. 

"Media, please assist, we are scared of police and are asking for you to act as a buffer so that we are not attacked," said Khuthadzo Ramukhadi, a student leader at the university. 

Several students held placards demanding free education in their lifetime, some screaming that police were attacking them while they fought for their rights. 

"I am going to tell Steve Biko I died for free education," one yelled.  

Students told journalists that police had said they would allow them to walk to different campuses but met them with force earlier, and were fearful that the same would happen if they tried to return to their main campus. 

SRC member Fashia Hassan, who had been speaking to students and police, told News24 that they were peaceful and just wanted safe passage back to campus where they would hold a meeting on the way forward. 

"We want to go back now, we've negotiated with police and want go back to main campus for a mass meeting on the way forward," she said. 

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#WITS Update: Arrested students have been released with no charges. 

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NMMU students join university shutdown call 

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students in Port Elizabeth have blocked the south and north campus entrances, the institution said on Tuesday. 

In a mass meeting on Monday, students decided to heed the national call to shut down all universities, following Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande's fees announcement. 

"We are monitoring the situation," the university said.

Meanwhile, the student representative council at the university said they would hold another mass meeting with students to present a memorandum of demands to management.

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Stellenbosch University monitoring protests 

The entrance to Stellenbosch University's Tygerberg School of Medicine in Bellville was blocked by students protesting over fees on Tuesday, the university said. 

"Students were preventing the cars from going in," said spokesperson Martin Viljoen.

On Monday, Higher Education and Training  Minister Blade Nzimande made an announcement on the fee structure for 2017. 

Viljoen said some students also tried to block the administrative block at the Stellenbosch campus earlier on Tuesday, and about 30 people were protesting at the Wilcox Building. 

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Wits students arrested after clash with police to be released 

University of Witwatersrand students who were arrested on Tuesday morning will be released on a warning before the end of day, according to the Black Lawyers Association in Gauteng and EFF student leader Vuyani Pambo.  

Students were arrested following a clash with police outside the university after they tried to block entrances to the institution. 

"Basically we've worked to get processes going, to get them charged and processed so that they can be released today," said Pambo outside the holding cells at Hillbrow police station. 

The Black Lawyers Association said it was responding to the students' need for help. 


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