UJ management to meet with security over brutality claims

Demonstrations turned violent when students and journalists were allegedly attacked by security guards.

Private security agents working for the University of Johannesburg take position as they shut the gates of the campus during clashes with rioting students, on September 28, 2016. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Following accusations of officials using a heavy hand during the fees must fall protests, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) says it will meet with its private security company this morning following clashes between students and private security.

Last night, demonstrations turned violent when students and journalists were allegedly attacked by security guards at the Doornfontein Campus.

In a video posted on social media, guards can be seen charging at demonstrators who were singing, while marching towards the campus gates.

UJ spokesperson Kaamini Reddy says they are not happy with the behaviour of the security guards.

"We're having an update with the head of security this morning. We're not happy with what has happened."

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

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.

At Wits University, management says its poll on whether to continue its academic programme 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.