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Protest turns violent at Unisa campus

Students from the Vaal University of Technology are throwing rocks at the building and vandalising furniture.

FILE: Students from the Vaal University of Technology are throwing rocks at the building and vandalising furniture. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A protest has turned violent at the University of South Africa (Unisa's) Daveyton campus.

Students from the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) are throwing rocks at the campus and vandalising furniture.

It's understood the two institutions have been sharing the campus since January this year but VUT students have now had enough.

Police say the students interrupted the beginning of exams this afternoon and demanded Unisa students leave the premises.

The police's Mack Mngomezulu says the police handled the situation.

A Unisa student says the violence was frightening.

"They came to the library jumping on the furniture screaming Unisa students must vacate the venue."

There have been a number of violent protests at institutions of higher education in the past month.

Last month the Tshwane University of Technology was forced to close due to violent protests.

At least 18 cars belonging to the university were torched allegedly by protesting students.

It is understood the cars were set alight at the Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa campuses.

Students were protesting over the lack of funds in the National Students Financial Aid Scheme.

VUT also closed its doors following violent protests over financial aid and planned graduations a month ago.

The main entrance of the university was blocked and students and lecturers were unable to attend classes.