Wits University to deploy additional security

The move comes after a bus which was transporting students to a residence in Parktown was torched.

A signboard at the Univeristy of the Witwatersrand main campus. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University management said additional security will be deployed following the torching of a bus which was transporting students to a residence in Parktown.

The vehicle was petrol bombed on Wednesday night as students were being dropped off at their residence.

The university's Shirona Patel said, "We've brought in additional security as well to our campus to ensure the university staff and students are safe."

The university Student Representative Council (SRC) said the torching of one of its buses is undoing the gains made during the #FeesMustFall protests, and has accused some students of bringing anarchy to the university.

The council has condemned the petrol bombing of the bus incident.

Wits SRC's Fasiha Hassan said while students are growing increasingly frustrated over issues including accommodation, Wednesday's petrol bombing showed how lawless some have become.

"It's more to achieve an anarchic purpose and to cause violence that seems to be misdirected."

But the Wits #FeesMustFall group, which is independent from the SRC, said while it didn't condone violence, it understood the symbolism of the torching.

Spokesperson Busisiwe Seabe said, "We understand the frustrations of whoever torched the bus and felt the need to do this."

Students have told Eyewitness News they believe the incident was linked to the burning of paintings and buses at the University of Cape Town earlier this week.