WATCH | Police disperse protesting Durban Unisa students with rubber bullets, tear gas

2020-01-27 14:13

Students at the University of South Africa and authorities in Durban clashed on Monday morning as rubber bullets and tear gas were fired.

Around 100 students gathered in the university parking lot and blockaded Stalwart Simelane Road outside the Durban campus with fires, sticks, rocks and other objects.

The protest is linked to a national strike by students. This comes after the South African Union of Students (SAUS) submitted a memorandum of demands on behalf of SRCs from all 26 universities in the country to the education department.

Students then began protesting on the road, after police issued a warning for them to disperse. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas after they refused to leave, however, no arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

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Speaking to News24, student leader and Sasco chairperson at the Durban Unisa campus Emmanuel Shangase said they would protest all week.

"There is a national call that each and every Unisa office needs to be shut down and we are doing so from today."

News24 reported that, among the demands in the memorandum - which was submitted to Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande on January 16 - was that historic debts be scrapped, students in debt be allowed to register, and academic records and certificates to be issued to all students, even those owing fees.

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