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3 petrol bombs found at Wits Braamfontein campus

The university says the bombs were found behind a building close to the fence.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University says three petrol bombs were found at its Braamfontein Campus today.

The university says the bombs were found behind a building close to the fence.

Protesting students at the institution have been marching for a week now demanding free education.

This week saw a wave of protests and sporadic violence at various universities after an announcement by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande over fee hikes for 2017.

Nzimande said university councils must determine fee increases for next year but capped them at eight percent, sayng government would subsidise the poor and those who fall within the so-called missing middle.

Wits students clashed with police several times, with the officers restoring to using stun grenades, rubber bullets and students retaliating by pelting stones at them.

Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said, "The university can confirm that three petrol bombs were found on the Braamfontein campus. The university believes there are people who are intent on arson and will go any lengths to put the university property and the public in danger."