Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says it’s too early to call a state of emergency after student fees protests at Wits University, UKZN and UFS turned violent on Monday
There were running battles between students and police as protests moved through the streets of Braamfontein on Monday afternoon. Five protesters were arrested in the chaos and a bus was set alight, allegedly by Wits University protesters.
Flames leapt out of the windows of the bus and smoke was seen billowing through the streets. The blaze was eventually extinguished by emergency services. Smoking wreckage lay on the road near the bus.
Wits spokesperson Shirona Patel said a pastor from the Holy Trinity Church was apparently hit by a rubber bullet in the chaos.
Earlier, police fired stun grenades to disperse students who were pelting private security guards with rocks at the entrance of the Great Hall.
The confrontation began after students tried to access the institution’s Solomon Mahlangu House and they were blocked by private security.