Protesting students disrupt some classes at Wits

It’s now unclear whether classes on parts of the campus will resume.

Students matching on the Wits campus on 10 October 2016. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some classes at Wits University have been disrupted after police fired rubber bullets at a group of students.

Earlier, students at the science stadium exited their lecture venues out of fear that they had be escorted out by protesting students.

Firecrackers were set off in some classrooms, causing alarm bells to ring.

During the commotion, most students were waiting outside the Science Stadium after being evacuated from their lecture halls.

It's now unclear whether classes on this section of the campus will resume.


There's a heavy police presence at the university today after an attempted arson attack and the damaging of several buildings in overnight student protests.

University management said protesting students marched through campus, trying to set alight four buildings and vandalising several more.

Two students have been arrested following the incident.

The university said it would be reviewing footage from last night's demonstrations, to determine who is responsible for the damage caused to property.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said they will be viewing security footage today.

"Wits University can confirm that there was damage to property overnight. We had a group of students who were stoning buildings and smashing windows and throwing rocks at buildings and at security. The security and the police chased them through the campus and two students were arrested."