Religious leaders gather at Wits

Religious leaders gather at Wits

Dozens of religious leaders gathered on the University of Witwatersrand's (Wits) main campus on Wednesday as student protests continue at the institution.

Religious leaders gather at Wits
Photo: Maryke Vermaak

Protesting students are expected to gather at the Great Hall from where they will march to the Hillbrow Magistrate's Court where arrested students are appearing.

A small group of students were standing together and singing, while many people walking around seemed to be going to class.

This comes after management confirmed that six petrol bombs were found on campus by security this morning.

Religious leaders have come together to promote non-violence and act as a buffer between police and students after days of clashes on and around campus.

Methodist Church Bishop Gary Rivas said they were asked to be there.

"The [student] leadership have asked for us to stand in the buffer zone for them. We were going to do that anyway; stand between the students and police if need be, but we are not prepared to be used for any form of retaliation. Our call for non-violence includes throwing stones or being shot by rubber bullets in that it's non-violent," he said.

This comes days after a religious leader was shot and wounded by a rubber bullet.

Father Graham Pugin from the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein was shot while reportedly trying to protest protesting students from police.

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