Cops monitor Unisa after protest

The university says entrances to its Pretoria campus are open following the protest earlier.

FILE: Students protests over proposed university fee increases. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The University of South Africa (Unisa) says entrances to its Pretoria campus are open following early morning demonstrations.

A group of protestors burnt tyres near the Sunnyside campus and tried to bar people from entering the premises.

Students have called on Unisa to employ security guards and cleaners directly and also give them access to health and housing benefits.

Unisa's Martin Ramotshela says police are monitoring the situation.

"We can confirm the modus operandi for this week as we have seen. Protestors were up very early and before the police. They set a few tyres on fire, hoping that it would scare people. When the police arrived, they retreated to a small park nearby where they gathered and sang."

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