Police and Rhodes students fight running battles in Grahamstown

OCTOBER 26, 2016

Grahamstown public order police officers on Tuesday afternoon used rubber bullets and teargas at Rhodes University students following a campus protest, reportedly over new examination rules.

According to an email sent to students, they were instructed to report to examination venues an hour before the starting times. The venues will be locked and latecomers would not be given access. A photo ID is now required; pockets will have to be emptied and students will be patted down before being allowed entry.

Nothing other than a plastic sleeve can be brought into the venue and no one will be allowed to exit early since venues will in lock down. The university venues will also be under CCTV surveillance.

The police reportedly said they had responded after students damaged vehicles on campus.

Students later set up barricades and sporadically pelted police, who were monitoring the situation.

This resulted in hours of back and forth battles between groups of students and Grahamstown police. 

By 20:00 calm had reportedly been restored.