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Grahamstown police monitoring situation after #FeesMustFall vigil turned violent

Oct 5, 2016
Grahamstown police monitoring situation after #FeesMustFall vigil turned violent

Police in Grahamstown say they are continuing to monitor the situation at Rhodes University after violence broke out on campus at around 03:00 on Wednesday morning, during a #FeesMustFall night vigil.

"A group of over 200 students blocked off all entrances to the campus and scattered medical syringes at the entrance at the corner of Prince Alfred and Somerset Streets," Eastern Cape police said.

"A short while later, the group removed a trailer from the premises, overturned it at the Artillery Road entrance and set it alight."

The South African Police Service, emergency services and the fire department removed blockages and put out the fire. A police forensics team examined the scene.

There were no arrests but police continue to monitor the situation.

“We again call on students to exercise their right to protest in a peaceful manner without destruction of property or any form of violence. The SAPS will continue to monitor the situation countrywide and will take action to maintain stability, peace and the safety of lives and property,” said the Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane.