Wits increases security after violent protests

2016-04-05 14:07

Johannesburg – Wits University has increased security after protesters set fire to a lecture hall on the Braamfontein campus on Monday.

"So far this morning, all has been fine. But you never know, maybe the protesters are planning something and just when everything goes well, they start again," David Maphupha, a member of the university’s security, Campus Control, said on Tuesday.

Calm had been restored and students were on their way back to lectures. There was an increased security presence at the Great Hall and other areas of the campus.

Maphupha said protesters might have caught the university off guard on Monday, but that the beefed up security should keep them in check.

About 150 people affiliated with the #FeesMustFall movement disrupted lectures and set fire to an empty lecture theatre.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel told News24 that three suspension orders had been issued on Monday for students involved in setting the hall on fire. Two more suspension orders were issued on Tuesday.

"The situation so far has been peaceful, but the South African Police Service are on standby, along with private security companies, and the gates are also being monitored," Patel said.

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