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Management trying to engage protesting students

- Wits University

Update from Senior Executive Team (13:00):

As you know, there are demonstrations on the Braamfontein campuses and lectures have been disrupted. Lectures on the Parktown campuses have continued without disruption.

We have reports of two students being arrested and one student and one staff member being injured. We have had reports of rocks and bottles thrown at buildings and the police. The police are managing the situation. They have tried to disperse the students using tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.

For your own safety, we advise all staff and students who are not part of the protests to remain indoors, to stay away from the protests, and to lock buildings and offices until further notice.

We will advise on a way forward regarding the remainder of today’s academic activities in the next hour. If in doubt, please speak to your respective Head of School, Dean or Executive member.

We have been trying to reach student leaders but they do not want to engage.