Over 20 #UFS students spend night in custody

Students rejected management’s response to their demand that vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen should resign.

FILE: Protesting students at the University of the Free State placed a banner on a gate close to the entrance of the institution's main campus on 25 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - More than 20 students from the University of the Free State have spent the night in custody following a day of violent clashes, stun grenades and rubber bullets.

Students have rejected management's response to their demand that vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen must resign.

Workers have, however, signed an agreement with management that brings an end to outsourcing and will return to work on Monday.

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SRC Vice president Mpho Khati claims police are targeting only black students.

"Police are brutalising our people but when white students are assaulting us, nothing happens to them."

Calm has now been restored following a day of chaos which erupted because students felt the university had not properly dealt with their demand for Jansen to step down.

Yesterday afternoon, police dispersed an angry crowd with stun grenades and rubber bullets and going door-to-door to find instigators.

Police have confirmed none of the SRC members are among those arrested.