Student protests: The latest

BY CHARL BOSCH - OCTOBER 22, 2015

Students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have reportedly blocked all routes leading to and from the main North and South Campuses preventing lectures and non-protesting students from leaving.

The latest reports comes while Vice-Chancellor Derrick Swartz was addressing student leaders and management at the nearby Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre, after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protestors yesterday morning. All classes returned to normality today with no incidents being reported up till now.

A short while ago, police were also forced to close a section of the N2 between East London and Mthatha, after students from the Walter Sisulu University’s Butterworth campus lined the road with burning debris, while management at Rhodes University have confirmed that all classes will commence on Monday.

In Johannesburg, students made up from the Wits and the University of Johannesburg have started gathering outside the ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) Luthuli House headquarters with some reportedly holding up banners reading, “The only 6% here is the alcohol percent in Blade Nzimande's beer”.

Earlier this afternoon, Cape Town police once again fired stun grenades as protesting UCT students made their way through the CBD on-route to the V&A Waterfront.

According to the latest reports, some 700 have arrived at Granger Bay leading to the Waterfront, with more than a 1 000 said to be following suit. The protest has already led to the closing of Darling Street between Adderly and Buitenkant with traffic jams already forming.

IMAGE sourced from @nathimlotshwa on twitter

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