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Maties management condemns violent protests

Protesters clashed with police after they barricaded roads and torched objects.

Stellenbosch University students protest at the gates of the local police station after a confrontation with Saps resulted in some being taken into custody on 17 November 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University management has condemned a violent protest by workers and students.

Yesterday, demonstrators clashed with police after they barricaded roads and torched objects, including a university-owned car on campus.

WATCH: Students join Stellenbosch University workers in protest

The workers are demanding better wages and an end to outsourcing, among other issues.

Some students joined the protest in a show of solidarity.

In a statement, university management says is deplores what it describes as the "illegal" and the "unacceptable behaviour" of protesters.

Several workers were arrested during the protest, which sparked an outcry from demonstrators.

Protesters later set two campus vehicles alight and assaulted a security guard.

The man sustained minor injuries and was attended to on the scene.

Police dispersed the group by firing rubber bullets and lobbing stun grenades.

Management says police and campus security will continue to monitor the situation and extra security measures have been put in place to make sure exams continue uninterrupted.

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