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2016-09-20 18:43

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Johannesburg - Wits University has not received any demands from students as protests continued at the institution on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

"We asked the student representative council for a list of demands, but they told us they are shutting down the university to send a message to Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande," Shirona Patel told News24.

Patel said university management and council would assess the situation and discuss their options.

Students were holding a meeting on the ground floor of Solomon Mahlangu (Senate) House, which they said went on until 17:00, Patel said.

"At this moment, it seems that the protest is not about the university," she said.

Patel said 31 students had been arrested after they barricaded public roads earlier. The institution would view CCTV footage to identify those students responsible for disrupting classes and attempting to destroy property, with a view to instituting disciplinary charges.

Windows, doors damaged

"We will also lay criminal charges against those that have been identified as outsiders," Patel said.

Protesting students clashed with security guards at the steps of the Great Hall. Students hurled rocks and chunks of concrete at guards, who protected themselves with shields. Some guards flung the projectiles back at protesters.

Windows and glass doors leading into the hall were damaged. Rocks were strewn across the steps.

The students were demanding access to Senate House, which they renamed Solomon Mahlangu House during protests in 2015.

Police arrived on the scene later.

Earlier, protesters marched through the streets of Johannesburg, calling for students from other campuses to join them.

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