20°C / 22°C

Dozens of UWC students arrested amid protests

Officers went into residences detaining students who have apparently been interdicted by the university.

A UWC student shared this picture with Eyewitness News. Exams were scheduled to take place at 12:30pm on Wednesday 11 November, but was disrupted by demonstrators.

CAPE TOWN - Dozens of students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have been arrested as public order police try to quell violent protests on campus.

Students took to their frustrations to the doorstep of the university's executive after students were arrested this afternoon, with reports of more arrests made sometime this evening.

Earlier, police used stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse demonstrators at the Bellville campus.

Student leader Kaizer Festile said it appeared police were targeting 11 Fees Must Fall campaign leaders.

"As far as we're concerned there are about 37 people who have been arrested, that we know of, but the tally is still going up."

The situation now remains tense at the UWC after a day of running battles between police and protesting students.

Police officers are accused of raiding residences for students who are leading the protests against tuition problems and outsourcing of staff at the institution.

Several injuries have been reported.

Riot police were called to the UWC campus at around noon today after protests flared up.

Disgruntled students had cause extensive damage to property and had set bins and furniture alight.

Four security guards have been injured in scuffles.

A heavy police presence is expected to remain on campus throughout the night.

#UWCShutdown Protesters are breaking windows and doors to gain access to locked buildings. Photo: UWC student. MM pic.twitter.com/2qnzSsGU5E

Stop destroying our university as you fight a "collective" cause. This is not what the majority of UWC students want! #UWCShutDown

The scene at #UWCShutDown as police clash with protesters pic.twitter.com/r50IiBrhTD

Meanwhile, University of cape Town (UCT) students say the torching of a Jammie Shuttle bus has them fearing for their safety.

Firefighters were called out to the Forest Hill area in Mowbray just before 6am today.

The circumstances around the blaze are unclear.

UCT students have taken to Twitter to air their views on the torching of the bus.

One student says she now fears for her safety, because she fears more buses could be targeted.

WATCH: UCT Jammie Shuttle set on fire

Officials are investigating whether it was arson.

It's also not clear whether the incident is linked to student and staff protests at UCT.

The university was tweeted that it realises these are stressful times and anxiety is high.

Management has vowed to do everything possible to ensure the safety of students, staff and workers.

UCT Bus has been burnt to ashes - someone explain what is happening at UCT pic.twitter.com/3dGpztstvo


EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus