#Fees2017: Protesting Wits students disperse

Police are keeping a close eye on students after an earlier clash with security during fees protest.

A student uses a fire extinguisher to create cover during skirmishes with private security at Wits University. Picture: Nina Leslie/i-Witness

JOHANNESBURG - Most protesting Wits students have now dispersed following a day of clashes between them and security on campus.

Students have been protesting against fee increases, with many demanding free education.

The situation turned violent with students and security throwing stones at each other.

Demonstrators entered Solomon Mahlangu House and converged to plan their next course of action.

This afternoon the Student Representative Council said they would be holding another round of talks to discuss, what they call 'the militarisation on campus', but it appears this has not materialised.

Campus security remains on site after a heavy police presence earlier and private security forming a human shield in front of Solomon Mahlangu House.

At least 30 students were arrested today after refusing to let cars drive into the campus, contravening an existing court order.

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