Calm restored at UFS after day of tension, pockets of violence

It is believed the tensions are related to last night’s violence at the rugby match.

Security was tight at the University of the Free State main campus in Blomfontein on 23 February 2016 as employees and students demonstrated over the insourcing of staff, wages and what they call a lack of inclusive tertiary education. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Calm has been restored at the University of the Free State where tensions ran high earlier today.

A student has told Eyewitness News how he saw a man being chased around a female residence by angry protesters.

"All of a sudden a crowd came, they had sjamboks and stones. They threw that at him and his girlfriend tried to protect him."

It is believed the tensions are related to last night's violence at the Varsity Cup rugby match, where several protesters were beaten.

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Protesters chased the man this afternoon and damaged his vehicle, which was parked on campus.

Angry students also threw stones at police.

Officers intervened but were booed by protesters saying they are protecting white privilege.

Earlier, students set alight a statue of former apartheid president, CR Swart, and vandalised the law faculty.

They have joined workers protesting over outsourcing, after protesters clashed with spectators at a rugby match last night.