National 22.9.2016 04:42 pm

Wits students determined to continue with protest

Wits students continue to gather support on the steps outside the Great Hall on September 21. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Wits students continue to gather support on the steps outside the Great Hall on September 21. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

As students stood chanting and singing struggle songs on Thursday afternoon, talks got under way between organisation leaders.

Diminished in numbers but determined to continue with protest action, Wits University students in the #FeesMustFall movement gathered outside the institution’s Solomon Mahlangu Hall on Thursday as leaders discussed a plan of action for their next attempt to march through the streets of Braamfontein.

This, a day after hundreds of students were stopped in their tracks when they staged an unprotected march outside the main campus.

Several students were injured on Wednesday afternoon after police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at the protesting students, with one student suffering burns after coming into contact with a stun grenade.

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As students stood chanting and singing struggle songs on Thursday afternoon, talks were under way between organisation leaders to join forces with other institutions in a bid to orchestrate a massive march.

Meanwhile police kept a close eye on the crowd as it gathered momentum, stationed in several vehicles around the campus. A second group of students came pouring in from their residences in the late afternoon, closely monitored by riot police who were on patrol.

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