UWC: Police call for more reinforcements

2015-11-11 18:44
Protesters continue to set things alight at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Protesters continue to set things alight at UWC. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Police called for more reinforcements at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Wednesday as protesting students continued to stand their ground.

Stun grenades were used to disperse students who throughout the day set property alight, looted a cafeteria and disarmed riot police.

Police warned students to go to their residences for their own safety.

A student shouted at police: "You can't defend our people in Mitchell's Plain but you can come here and shove students around."

UWC students have taken to social media to warn others not to leave the residences, as unconfirmed reports of tear gas fired into residence came to light.

A number of students have been arrested.

Earlier, News24 reporter Tammy Petersen said Lorna Magobiane of the #FeesMustFall movement had told her that 11 students had been arrested in total. This included the five students who were arrested in connection with the assault on campus staff earlier in the day.

According to another student, who claimed to be a SRC member, the university council was supposed to meet with the #FeesMustFall movement on Tuesday but failed to do so. This was understood to be the reason behind the latest protests.

However, UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyalibongo said the student was not an SRC member.

He said no such meeting had been planned.

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