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Some Wits students accused of bringing anarchy to the university

The SRC's Fasiha Hassan says petrol bombing the bus shows how 'lawless' some have become.

Wits University has confirmed a bus was set alight outside one of its residences in Parktown, Johannesburg, overnight. Picture: iWitness
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JOHANNESBURG – The Wits University Student Representative Council (SRC) says the torching of one of its buses is undoing the gains made during the #FeesMustFall protests, and has accused some students of bringing anarchy to the university.

The council has condemned last night's petrol bombing of the bus, which was transporting students to a residence in Parktown.

Wits SRC's Fasiha Hassan says while students are growing increasingly frustrated over issues including accommodation, last night's petrol bombing shows how lawless some have become.

“It’s more to achieve an anarchic purpose and to cause violence that seems to be misdirected.”

But the Wits #FeesMustFall group, which is independent from the SRC, says while it doesn't condone violence, it understands the symbolism of the torching.

Spokesperson Busisiwe Seabe said, “We understand the frustrations of whoever torched the bus and felt the need to do this.”

Students have told Eyewitness News they believe the incident was linked to the burning of paintings and buses at the University of Cape Town earlier this week.

WATCH: Police disperse #RhodesMustFall protesters with stun grenades and rubber bullets.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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