Students injured in clashes with cops during Wits protest

Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets earlier to disperse a crowd of students.

Protesting Wits students injured during clashes with police on 21 September 2016. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics are attending to injured students who apparently suffered burn wounds at Wits University this afternoon following violent clashes with police.

Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets earlier to disperse a crowd of students.

The students were making their way to the Rosebank College as well as the University of Johannesburg to mobilise support.

More ambulances have been dispatched to Wits University.

One female student was rushed to hospital a short while ago.

The extent of her injuries is still unclear but her face and legs were covered while she was on a stretcher.

The student and others were caught up in a stampede when police tried to disperse them.

The students are clear on their message and say they are not backing down.

The situation remains tense as the university is on total shutdown.


Police have also confirmed one of their officers has been injured in the violent clashes.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini says, "Police were trying to prevent the students from leaving the campus. In that situation, the students threw stones at the policer [who] fired back using stunt grenades. One of our members was injured in the leg, and we believe some students were injured when running away from the police."

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department's Wayne Minnaar says none of their officers have been injured.

"None of the metro police officers have been injured during the struggle, however students are at the intersection of Bertha and Jorissen streets in Braamfontein. Motorists are advised to avoid that section of Braamfontein."