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#Braamfontein: Some students reportedly injured after overnight violence

There were running battles between protesters and police last night, who opened fire & used teargas.

FILE: Wits students protest in Braamfontein. Picture: Victor Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police and protesters have clashed in the streets of Braamfontein, with a number of students reportedly injured.

There were running battles between protesters and police last night, who opened fire with rubber bullets and used teargas.



The hashtag #habibsapartheid was trending, as Wits students took to Twitter last night to air their disappointment at a curfew imposed by university management.



The Catholic Church says a number of injured students took refuge in the nearby Holy Trinity Church.

Protesters also set a South African Broadcasting Corporation vehicle alight and stoned a number of cars.





Earlier in the evening, police apparently raided a number of student residences, with students throwing stones.

South African Police Service spokesperson Sally de Beer says: "South African Police Service members were deployed in Braamfontein, where vehicles were allegedly stoned and there were incidents of arson. They are presently restoring order to the area."

Meanwhile, the university has imposed stricter access controls for visitors at its campuses after increased incidents of vandalism and attempted arson at the institution.

University management says protesting students marched through campus yesterday and attempted to set alight four buildings, vandalising several more.

Attempts by students and management to negotiate about the crisis have been futile.

Vice-chancellor Adam Habib says negotiations can only take place when calm has been restored.

"We should not be resuming the academic programme with policing or security. The only way out is a negotiated outcome and we are very mindful of that. However, you are not going to get a negotiated outcome without a degree of stability at the institution."

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