Universities spend millions in beefing up security

North West University alone has spent more than R3.7 million on security since the beginning of the year.

FILE: Protesting University of the Free State students drive back campus security during protests on the institution's main campus in Bloemfontein on 24 February 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Universities countrywide are digging deep to secure their campuses by spending millions for additional security.

Last year, student protests against university fee increases led to vandalism and violent clashes on campuses.

Student-led demonstrations have continued this year and weeks of unrest at some universities have forced the institutions to spend more on security.

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The North West University's (NWU) Mafikeng Campus has been hardest hit with several buildings set alight last month.

It has now been shut indefinitely.

NWU has spent more than R3.7 million on security since the beginning of the year.

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The University of the Free State says it's been spending R150,000 a day on security since violent clashes broke out at a Varsity Rugby match last month.

The Wits University and the University of Cape Town say they are spending an additional R2 million on security every month.