Stun grenades fired at Wits

Stun grenades fired at Wits

Police on Tuesday morning fired stun grenades to disperse students at the University of Witwatersrand's Braamfontein campus. 

Stun Grenade fired wits

Yesterday the Vice-Chancellor of Wits, Adam Habib said classes would resume this morning in the presence of more security guards as well as a stronger police contingent.

According to students, who started singing on campus this morning, they were warned by police against mass gatherings.

Students are being restricted to parties of two.

Shortly after students started arriving on campus this morning, a stun grenade was set off to disperse a crown which had gathered in front of the Great Hall.  

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Upset students accused police and private security of overreacting, saying none of the students did anything wrong. 

At least one female student was thrown in the back of a police van but it is not clear at this stage if she will be charged.

One of the lecturers, Kelly Gillespie has epxressed her sadness at the situation on campust this morning, saying that a year ago they were calling for a total ban of police officers on campus.

"We cannot create a police state on our campus," she said.

Last night Adam Habib warned that they have to take firm measures to protect what is left of the 2016 academic year.

In a letter to staff, Habib urged lecturers and administrative staff to pitch for work in the interest of the future generation." 

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