Wits students denounce heavy-handed police treatment

Students say that the police treatment has made them even more determined to fight for free education.

FILE: Students at Wits throw bricks at private security stationed outside Senate House during FeesMustFall protests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Protesting Wits University students say the manner in which they have been treated by police has made them even more determined to continue their fight for free education.

Yesterday, officers used stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to push students off the streets of Braamfontein and back onto campus.

One policeman and at least one student were injured in the clashes.

Two students are in police custody after being arrested for public violence.

As the #FeesMustFall demonstrations at Wits University look set to continue for a fourth day, students say they are angry about what they call heavy-handed treatment by police.

At least one female student was rushed to hospital yesterday after being injured when officers threw stun grenades at protestors.

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One student says that following the injury of one of their own, there's no turning back.

"Free education, honestly, we're not going to move away from that, especially after how we've been treated by the police."

Students gathered at Senate House last night to discuss a way forward, and have reiterated that their fight for free higher education is far from over.

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) has announced that all academic activities will remain suspended until Sunday, amid ongoing fee protests at various tertiary institutions.

The university says the decision was taken at a senior leadership group meeting this evening, and will affect libraries and the campus bus service.

Demonstrations erupted after Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that universities would be allowed to hike their fees, but only up to 8%.

UCT students are also protesting for the return of several expelled students.

Other institutions that have suspended academic activities for the week include the University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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