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UJ students to hold a night vigil

Police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators earlier today after they blocked off Kingsway Avenue.

FILE: Students protesting at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Kingsway campus. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With Fees Must Fall protests set to continue this week, students at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are expected to hold a night vigil on campus.

Police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators earlier today after they blocked off Kingsway Avenue outside Campus Square.

Demonstrations have gripped the country's university following Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's announcement that varsities may increase fees but not by more than eight percent.

UJ students returned to class today after being on break for a few days.

The area around Campus Square is now clear after rubber bullets were earlier fired by police to disperse students.

Students and commuters waiting on public transport in the area dispersed during the commotion.

Students, who were not a part of the demonstration, say they almost got hurt.

"They started randomly shooting at people who were on the street regardless of whether they were sitting or waiting for transport. They just started shooting," said one student.

Traffic in the area is now back to normal.

Meanwhile, the university expects academic activities to continue as normal tomorrow, despite fees protests that erupted at the Kingsway and Soweto campuses today.