3 investigations underway into violent UFS protests

Violent protests during a rugby match were fueled by racial tensions & resulted in lectures being suspend.

Students and protesters clash during a rugby match at the University of the Free State on 22 February 2016. Picture: EPA.

CAPE TOWN - Free State University Rector Jonathan Jansen, said three independent investigations are underway into violent demonstrations that marred the institution's campus last month.

Violent protests during a Varsity Cup rugby match two weeks ago were fueled by racial tensions and resulted in lectures being suspend for several days.

Jansen said the inquiry, headed by a senior judge, will look into the causes of tension on campus and suggest preventative strategies.

"We've very senior set of legal people just trying to find out what led to this thing, what actually happened and what were lessons learnt going forward."

A culpability report is also underway to determine those responsible for the violence.

Jansen said the university's findings relating to the disciplinary processes will be announced on Monday.

Students found guilty of violating the institution's code of conduct could face suspension or expulsion.

The professor said a transformation audit will also be conducted.