UJ condemns attacks on students & media by private security

Late last night, the Fees Must Fall protest turned violent with clashes between students and security guards.

University of Johannesburg students raise their hands in front of a riot police line while blocking a motorway during clashes on September 28, 2016 outside the University of Johannesburg Campus. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has condemned attacks on students and the media by private security following protests near the Doornfontein Campus.

Late last night, the #FeesMustFall protest turned violent with clashes between students and security guards.

Videos posted on social media show guards charging at demonstrators who were singing, while marching towards one of the gates at the UJ campus.

Students are protesting against the announcement by government that universities will be allowed to raise the cost of tuition by up to 8% for next year, with a subsidy for poor and missing middle students.

The nationwide #FeesMustFall protests appear to have gained momentum as more universities join the fight for free higher education.

Wits University says its poll will continue as planned this morning after the Johannesburg High Court ruled in favour of the university.

Meanwhile, the University of Limpopo was the latest institution to be shut down, after students started demonstrations on Monday, demanding the university suspend classes for five weeks.

Earlier yesterday, Wits University students marched to the Chamber of Mines to handover a memorandum, calling on the private sector to assist in providing free higher education.

Rhodes University, Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Cape Town (UCT) are also among the list of institutions that have seen disruptions to academic activity.

While UCT vice-chancellor Max Price said the implications will be disastrous if they cannot continue with academic activities for the rest of the year, the University of Limpopo has shut its doors indefinitely after violent scuffles broke out between police and students overnight.

Students there have been ordered to vacate their residences by today until order has been restored.

And in the Eastern Cape, Rhodes University and Fort Hare University have both announced their campuses will remain closed until further notice.

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