Wits gets interdict for cops to protect lectures

Wits says the court interdict was secured at the request of the police.

FILE: A small group of Wits university students joined campus staff who protested over issues of employee outsourcing on 28 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says it secured an urgent High Court interdict last night which allows for police to come onto campus and make sure lectures are not disrupted.

The university says the past couple of days have been relatively peaceful and the court order is a preventative measure.

It stresses that students still have the right to protest, but that others have an equal right to study in peace.

The institution's Shirona Patel says the court order was secured at the request of police.

"The police can stop any person from disrupting lectures, tutorials and also prevent any person from entering or leaving campus and from causing damage to university property. They will also protect our staff and students from being harassed, intimidated or assaulted."

Earlier this week several fires were started on campus, damaging two cars and a bookshop.

Patel says suspects have now been identified and this information has been handed over to the police.

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