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Security guards injured by protesting UWC students rushed to hospital

The institution has been closed and no one is being let in, with several buildings vandalised.

FILE: An angry UWC student raises grievances felt by some students to the large protesting crowd. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The University of the Western Cape (UWC) security personnel who were involved in scuffles with protesting students have been rushed to hospital.

The institution has been closed and no one is being let in.

It's believed the chaos started when Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba was about to address students.

Several buildings have also been vandalised.

UWC spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said, "The security guards at the University of the Western Cape were attacked by protesting students and some security guards have been seriously injured. After attacking the guards, the students went on a rampage around campus."

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Earlier today, Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, promised to respond to some of the grievances raised by protesting students.

On Thursday, more than 200 students marched to Parliament again where they handed over a memorandum of grievances, which included calling for an end to outsourcing.

Manana found himself in a tight spot, encircled by dozens of frustrated students.

He tried to ensure the protesters that government was on their side and it respected how they felt about their struggle.

"There's no way that we as government can say where don't identify with the struggle, it's a noble struggle and it's a necessary struggle."

The students were demanding that free tertiary education becomes a reality and the outsourcing of workers on campus should end.