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Wits obtains court order against protestors

Registration re-started on Wednesday after it was suspended due to Fees Must Fall protests.

FILE: Tempers flared at Wits University on Tuesday as students clashed with private security at the campus. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits says it's brought in additional security and obtained a court order to ensure the safety of its staff and students and to prevent damage to property.

The interim court order was granted in high court in Johannesburg today and protects against the unlawful occupation of any building, disruption of normal activities, obstruction of movement as well as harassment or intimidation.

The university suspended physical registration earlier this week after protests from the Fees Must Fall movement.

Registration re-started on Wednesday and the university says it has been going smoothly since then.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says, "The court order also allows the university to bring police onto campus when required. For this week we have only had the disruption to the registration process on Monday. We have continued to register this entire week, with an increased security presence."

Earlier this week, there was talk of division among student representatives after some student leaders walked out of a meeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande.

Speaking after the meeting with Nzimande, student leaders said the minister had tried to divide their movement.

They said students who were in debt must get a clean slate, and called for an efficient, accountable and transparent National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The movement is also fighting for the rights of international students by demanding that fees be standardised. Students also want safe accommodation.

WATCH: SRC leaders outline demands for #FeesMustFall in 2016

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