Wits SRC condemns torching of bus

Last night, a bus transporting students was petrol bombed outside the Knockando residence in Parktown.

All occupants managed to evacuate the vehicle with no injuries. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - The Wits University Student Representative Council (SRC) has strongly condemned the torching of one of the university's buses saying there are different avenues to express student frustrations

Last night, a bus transporting students was petrol bombed outside the Knockando residence in Parktown.

This follows a flare-up of protests at the University of Cape Town this week, during which a bus and paintings were set on fire.

All occupants managed to evacuate the vehicle with no injuries.

The Wits SRC's Fasiha Hassan says it appears two students threw petrol bombs at the bus.

"We want to be clear on this... the SRC does not support any form of violence."

Hassan says while the SRC is aware that there are students who remain frustrated by various issues including accommodation, torching a bus is not the way to go.

"It doesn't make sense to burn a library or a bus when, if tomorrow free education comes, the infrastructure is gone."

The student body says it will arrange for the counselling of those affected by last night's incident.