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Protests expected to continue at some Gauteng universities

Wits protesters yesterday claimed the campus is being militarised through the presence of private security.

FILE: Dozens of students, workers and academics demonstrate against the use of private security at Wits University. Picture: Ziyanda Ncgobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University management says it remains open to talks with student's, workers and some academics amid ongoing protests.

Yesterday, dozens of protesters gathered outside the university's Great Hall piazza calling for private guards to be removed from campus.

The university says the group violated an interim court order by holding the demonstration and damaging property.

Tense scenes unfolded at Wits with students, workers and academics claiming the campus is being militarised through the presence of private security guards on campus.

'Fees Must Fall' convener Busisiwe Seabe says the outsourced guards continue to harass both students and staff.

"We have found that private security is not only assaulting students but sexually harassing them at the same time."

Wits has denied these claims.

Spokesperson Shirona Patel says despite damage to property, management is still willing to negotiate.

"From a Wits management perspective we said we are happy to engage in open dialogue with anyone on campus, be it that we will keep the security in place."

The university says private guards will remain on campus until registration is complete and that activities will continue without disruption.

WATCH: #FeesMustFall reloaded

'OUTSOURCING MUST FALL'

Meanwhile students leading the 'Outsourcing Must Fall' protests at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have vowed to continue despite clashes with police and another group.

Yesterday, police used rubber bullets and stun grenades during clashes outside the main campus in Pretoria West.

Student leader Vusi Mahlangu says they will not be intimidated.

"It is only in TUT wherein NEHAWU managed through its financial power to buy liquor for some drunkards which are associated with PYA, to stone students and workers that were protesting."

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