Police warn Wits students against disrupting lessons

There were earlier reports that students would be disrupting the law and engineering classes.

Wits University SRC President Nompendulo Mkatshwa addresses the crowd of students at the main admin block after the announcement of an 8% increase in fees by Min of Higher Education Nzimande. Picture: Nina Leslie/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have warned students that if they disrupt academic activities at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), they will be arrested.

This afternoon, there were violent scenes at the institution when students and security guards threw stones at each other, with students now occupying Senate House.

Earlier, 31 students were arrested after blocking the main entrance to Wits.



Students are staging demonstrations at several South African universities after the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that universities need to determine their own hikes.

It's not clear how long students will be deliberating and what they are discussing.

There were earlier reports that students would be disrupting the law and engineering classes, which are currently underway on campus.



Some students can be seen taking photos of the damage caused by the confrontation between private security and students.

Evidence of the exchange can clearly be seen with pieces of glass and rocks sprawled across the great hall steps.

At the same time, at the African National Congress Youth League is expected to hold an urgent briefing soon about the fees announcement.

POLICE MAINTAIN STRONG PRESENCE AT WITS

Following a day of stone-throwing and stun grenades Wits students have this evening made their way back to Solomon Mahlangu House, to discuss the way forward.

Demonstrating students have walked around the campus calling on others who are in lectures to join them.

Police continue to monitor the students walking around campus demonstrating and singing, with a police van driving slowly behind them as they made their way back to Solomon Mahlangu House.

Earlier, they went on a walkabout on west campus calling for other students who are currently in lectures to join them.

A brief scuffle ensued between one of the demonstrators and a student who reacted to calls for him to join the demonstration.