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EFF & Sasco clash, police use stun grenades at TUT

The scuffle broke out while Julius Malema addressed students ahead of SRC elections taking place tomorrow.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addressing Tshwane Uiversity of Technology Students in Soshanguve. Picture: EFF Official Account ‏@EconFreedomZA.

JOHANNESBURG - A fight has broken out between Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and South African Students Congress (Sasco) supporters at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) campus in Soshanguve and police have opened fire with stun grenades.

The scuffle broke out while EFF leader Julius Malema addressed students ahead of SRC elections due to take place on Thursday.

Earlier, Malema visited the Garankuwa and Pretoria campuses where there were similar scuffles.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter says the EFF rallies were not sanctioned by the university and the violence is regrettable.

"What happened today was regrettable because violence like that doesn't belong at a higher education institution especially not around elections. It wasn't a sanctioned visit to the campus, we only became aware of their plans last night after they released a media statement."

Sasco President Ntuthuko Makhombothi says their members were provoked by the EFF but he's encouraged them to show restraint.

"We condemn any form of violence, but what we find unfortunate is that other leaders of other organisations acted irresponsibly to fuel the violence further instead of us trying to ensure that we've got peaceful processes [during our] elections."