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Religious leaders, some employees join protesting Maties students

At least seven religious leaders were seen interacting with student protesters at the university.

FILE: Stellenbosch University students during the Fees Must fall protests. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of religious leaders today attended demonstrations at the University of Stellenbosch.

Some of the institution's workers had also joined a handful of student protesters.

At least seven religious leaders were seen interacting with student protesters.

Among them is Carol Welsh who said, "We just came here to bear witness to what happens and to see that if in any way we can bring the presence of Christ, which is about of peace and justice."

The group of around 20 students held a peaceful protest in a closed-off street next to the Wilcox building amid a heavy security and police presence.

At the same time, Stellenbosch University students were earlier being asked to show identification before entering some buildings on campus.

Management say at least three petrol bombs were discovered on the grounds last night.

They were also required to stipulate which classes they were attending.

Public order police were seen scattered around buildings close to where demonstrators protested in the street.

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