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Statement on violence in Braamfontein

- Wits University

Wits condemns the acts of violence that led to arrests and injuries.

Dear Colleagues and Students

 Despite all University activities being suspended, about 600 - 800 students continued to protest on our campuses and in Braamfontein today.

Following a mass meeting on the Concourse of Solomon Mahlangu House, the students made their way onto the streets of Braamfontein, where they were confronted by the police. The police dispersed the group using stun grenades and rubber bullets. We have reports of four students being injured. They are being treated by paramedics and staff at the Campus Health and Wellness Centre.

Students also confronted private security on Yale Road South. The police intervened and two students were arrested today.

The University strongly condemns these acts of violence.

All University activities remain suspended for the rest of the week. Catering, bus and cleaning services have also been suspended following threats by some students.

The next update will follow tomorrow morning.

Thank you


21 SEPTEMBER 2016 (17:00)