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#UFS: Apartheid statue, law faculty building vandalised

Students are angry over the violence that erupted during a Varsity Cup Rugby match last night.

Students vandalised the law building, changing the name. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Protesting students at the University of the Free State (UFS) have vandalised the law faculty building and a statue of apartheid president CR Swart.

Students are angry over the violence that erupted during a Varsity Cup Rugby match last night, where protesters who disrupted it the match were beaten on and off the field.

Workers at the university are calling for an end to outsourcing, while students want racial divisions to be addressed.

Students have spray painted the words 'Robert Sobukwe Law School' on the outside wall of a building, which is currently named after CR Swart.

The statue of the Republic's first state president was also set alight and is now covered in melted plastic with its hands tied together with a chain.

Campus management has already covered the graffiti on the building with paint.

A police vehicle is parked near the building.

Students and workers are protesting inside and outside the university, accusing Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen of giving white students special privileges.

Students say they were also been beaten up during the protests last night.

One woman says, "I was beaten up by a white man, even when I was down they said they would continue kicking us. Even workers who are old parents were beaten and kicked."

Students have told Eyewitness News how they saw a man being chased around a female residence by angry protesters.

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

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

They are at the institution in their numbers, keeping a close eye on the protests.

Management has confirmed Jansen attended the match last night and has now launched an urgent investigation into what happened.

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