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Wits lecture hall set alight

The protest started this morning, with students from various varsities joining the demonstration.

FILE: The students say they are fighting against the suspension of students who have been excluded for not paying their fees. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A lecture hall at Wits University has been set alight allegedly by students who have been protesting over fees.

The protest started this morning, with students from various varsities joining the demonstration.

WATCH: Students gather at Wits to reignite #FeesMustFall movement

The students say they are fighting against the suspension of students who have been excluded for not paying their fees.

A lecture hall at the Umthombo Building is now a crime scene; red and white tape has been set up to cordon off the area.

Lecture Hall U11 on East Campus was set alight with students in it by #FeesMustFall protestors. Fire is out🔥 #Wits pic.twitter.com/17e7RkHOzX

The fire brigade was called in to extinguish the fire but the stench of smoke still lingers in the air.

Inside the lecture hall, the roof and seats have been damaged and the floors are flooded with water.

Security is now trying to establish what happened in the hopes of apprehending the culprits.

The situation is now calm and protesters have started to disperse.

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