Student Protester Seriously Injured After Scuffle At Wits

FILE PHOTO: Students protesting at Wits University over lack of accommodation. PICTURE: Business Live

JOHANNESBURG: The university deployed private security guards this morning after a number of classes were disrupted during protests on Monday.

A protester has been injured during a scuffle with private security guards at the Wits University. About 50 people have staged a sit-in against a lack of accommodation on campus.

The university deployed private security guards on Tuesday morning after a number of classes were disrupted during protests on Monday.

Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel says: “There’s a group of about 30 students who wanted to occupy the main part of Solomon Mahlangu House.

“Private security then asked them to move to one side, which they refused to do; a scuffle then ensued. So, they were moved by some of the security members.”

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor is concerned about disruptions at institutions of higher learning.

In KwaZulu-Natal, students are also protesting at five campuses at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Mangosuthu University and the Durban University of Technology.

They are demanding that students qualified for National Students Financial Aid Scheme be allowed to register.