Heavy police presence at Wits after attempted arson attack

It’s understood protesters used stones to break several windows and left the taps running.

FILE: A police water cannon stands in front of the Great Hall on Wits University's main campus. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -There's a heavy police presence at Wits University this morning after an attempted arson attack and the damaging of several buildings in overnight student protests.

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

It's understood protesters used stones to break several windows, and left the taps running, flooding some rooms.

Two students have been arrested following the incident.

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

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

"Wits University can confirm that there was damage to property overnight. We have had a group of student 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."

Classes at the university are expected to begin at this hour amid a heavy police and private security presence here on the Braamfontein campus

The institution says the debris left from the blaze yesterday has been cleared.

There are at least four police nyalas parked outside Solomon Mahlangu House.

At the same time, the university says a new voice clip that has surfaced, threatening violence on campus, is another tactic to intimidate students who want continue with classes.

Wits has appealed to anyone with information on the source to come forward.