National 20.9.2016 04:53 pm

UPDATE: Chaos ensues at Wits as students disrupt classes

Protesting University of the Witwatersrand students disrupted classes on Tuesday and prevented members of the media from covering the violent demonstrations.

Protesting University of the Witwatersrand students disrupted classes on Tuesday and prevented members of the media from covering the violent demonstrations.

The latest update on the ongoing fees protests at Wits University in Johannesburg.

Tensions were high at the University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday as anger mounts from students over government’s decision to leave it to universities across the country to determine tuition fee increases for the 2017 academic year.

READ MORE >>> Police fire stun grenades to disperse protesting Wits students

Protesting students hurled stones and other objects at the institution’s private security officers on Tuesday, vandalising the doors of the university’s historical Great Hall with rocks.

Following their march to the Parktown Education campus, students came back to the main campus, and just before 2pm, chaos broke out. Irate protesters threw stones in the direction of the Great Hall.

Wits University Great Hall doors vandalised.

Wits University’s Great Hall doors vandalised by protesting students.

Broken door glasses and rocks could still be seen lying on the ground.

Later in the afternoon, the students were planning to go and disrupt classes that are believed to be in session on the West campus.

The defiant protesters were heard talking among each other, saying Wits must be completely shut down. Just before 4pm, students converged in front of the Great Hall.

Police officers and private security guards are also keeping a close eye on the protest.

Although Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Monday poor students and those falling in the missing middle category would benefit from a zero percent fee increase, some students viewed the move as segregational, saying that all that they demanded was free education for all.

Earlier in the day, the protesting students proposed to also close down the busy M1 highway in Johannesburg.

READ MORE >>> 31 students arrested at Wits over fees protest

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