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Wits: Confrontation between students 'regrettable'

Earlier today a group of 'Take Back Wits' students gathered at Wits University's Great Hall.

TakeBackWits students gather at Wits University's Great Hall. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While Wits University has welcomed the commitment from students not to resort to violence, it says today's confrontation between those protesting and those wanting to attend lectures is regrettable.

Earlier a group of 'Take Back Wits' supporters had their placards ripped and snatched by another group who accused the supporters of white privilege and arrogance.

As the 'Take Back Wits' supporters made their way to the Great Hall for a silent protest, they were met by resistance from another group of students who want the university to remain closed.

After disruptions to their silent protest the group then dispersed under the guard of campus security.

WATCH: Opposing student groups clash at Wits

But this supporter says they're unapologetic.

"There are many people who are sitting at home who feel exactly how we feel."

'Fees Must Fall' leader Vuyani Pambo has questioned the group's motives.

"They say to us this morning that they are taking back Wits University. We have drawn one conclusion from that, it is that they are taking Wits back to white hands."

The two groups will meet again on Friday at the institution's general assembly.

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