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Fresh clashes break out between police, protesters near Wits

It's not clear at this stage whether some of the protesters are Wits University students.

A Police van is on fire in Braamfontein. Picture: Twitter screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - There's a heavy police presence in Braamfontein where a police van has been torched during a protest near Wits University.

Fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters who used rocks to block Jan Smuts and Jorissen Road and pelted stones at officers.

Classes at the university went ahead again today despite the ongoing protests by students, several arson attacks and the arrest of some student activists.

It is not clear at this stage whether some of the protesters are Wits University students.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said, "We are not sure whether any students are involved in this incident. Police are on scene and managing the situation. On our campuses, everything remains clam for now."







BUS FIRE EXTINGUISHED

Firefighters have extinguished a Rea Vaya bus which was set alight in Braamfontein earlier this evening.

It's understood a group of protesters stopped the bus, which was carrying an unknown number of passengers, ordering them to get off the vehicle.

Eyewitnesses say a group of protesters ordered the driver to stop and the passengers to get off the bus, warning they were about to set the vehicle alight.

It's not clear how the bus was set alight.

Police cars continue to patrol the streets of Braamfontein.