South Africa 20.4.2016 02:18 pm

Police arrest Rhodes students protesting against rape

Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela pleads with police to not shoot rubber bullets at students. PHOTO: Oppidan Press/Joshua Stein.

Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela pleads with police to not shoot rubber bullets at students. PHOTO: Oppidan Press/Joshua Stein.

Grahamstown police shot rubber bullets at students and threw teargas into the crowd.

Six students were arrested during a rape protest at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, on Wednesday morning, after it culminated into a violent clash with police.

Police shot rubber bullets at students and threw teargas into crowds of protesting students, after the protesters barricaded the entrance to the university premises, according to the university’s news publication Oppidan Press.

The protests come after a list of rape-accused students was posted on social media, leading the protesters to scour campus for the accused and call them out of their residences.

A journalist from the university’s other publication, Activate, were arrested for allegedly inciting violence.

The university has subsequently suspended academic activity.

Although the university’s vice-chancellor Dr. Sizwe Mabizela pleaded with police to release students, Oppidan Press reported, protesters were adamant he had summoned the police.

Mabizela on Tuesday apologised for shoving a student forming a barricade, Daily Dispatch reported.

 

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