Stellies protesters clash with security during bid to disrupt classes

2016-03-09 18:05
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Johannesburg – A scuffle broke out between Stellenbosch University students and private security guards after students tried to disrupt classes on Wednesday morning, a SRC leader told News24.

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"We took a decision that things can't run normally when students and workers are suffering. We wanted to disrupt classes," Lwazi Pakade told News24.

Pakade said a minor scuffle broke out between students and private security staff hired by the institution. He said students were joined by workers who were fighting against outsourcing.

Pictures sent to News24 by Pakade showed private security in full riot gear and armed with what looked like guns.

Protesters are fighting for the eradication of colonial statues. Last week, students aligned to the EFF slapped a poster onto a statue of Jan Marais. The statue had been erected after Marais donated £100 000 in 1918.

News24 previously released video clips posted on social media showing black and white students shouting at each other while police tried to keep them apart.

Stellenbosch University spokesperson Martin Viljoen said the institution would release a statement later on Wednesday.

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