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Five times the #WitsFeesMustFall protestors were victims of violence

The protests at Wits last week against the proposed 10.5% fee increase saw the university brought to a complete shutdown. The university Council eventually came to an agreement with students which saw, among other things, the suspension of the fee increase. Although the students who took part in the protests were peaceful, it wasn’t all non-violent – AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up five times the protestors were victims of violence.

1. The guy who tried to ram through the boom with his motorbike
Many students who arrived by car on Wednesday morning grew frustrated – including this student, who insisted that he be let through on his motorcycle. Students who were protesting were not having any of it though – as you can see here:


2. Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt hitting a protesting student
Hunt reportedly got so frustrated at being denied entry into the university, that he slapped a student blocking his way in. The 2nd year student, Otsile Seaceko, told Times LIVE that the slap left him “a bit unconscious”.

3. The angry man who rammed a boom and hit a protester
The enraged student had been trying to get out of Wits for a while. Taking advantage of a moment when protestors who had been standing at the booms at the Enoch Sontonga entrance moved to the side, he tried to ram through a closed boom with his BMW – and hit a protestor in the process.

4. Police pepper spray and ram students on Empire Road On Friday, after most of the people present at the process had moved up to the Senate House Concourse, two policemen in an unmarked car hurled Afrikaans insults at students and members of Campus Control at the Empire Road entrance to Wits.

5. Pepper spray in the Senate House Concourse
Shortly before the Council meeting convened at 7pm on Friday night, pepper spray was used on crowds of students waiting for the meeting at the Senate House Concourse to begin. Initial suspicion fell on management – who were accused of wanting to prevent the meeting from happening – but the university administration said the security guard had acted on his own accord after feeling treatened. An asthmatic student was rushed to hospital after inhaling the pepper spray, while another broke his leg in the chaos. Students however remained peaceful.

7 Comments
  1. Robert A says

    Infringing on and denying the rights of others and then you get hurt in the process – boo hoo. What do you expect? That it’s normal to keep someone hostage? That it’s normal to illegally deny someone access, or allow them to leave? That it’s ok to physically block someone from accessing or leaving a place which they are legally and rightfully entitled, and then complain when they “push back”? Who are the ones breaking the law – you the protestors, or those who just want to go to lectures and write exams? You have the right to protest, but then don’t deny others their rights – that’s just hypocritical.

  2. Random person says

    Yea you can see how “peaceful” the student are while they’re throwing shit in the videos. This is the biggest load of shit article I’ve read

  3. Anoni Mouse says

    Its time that people, ALL people, stopped obsessing over their rights and started thinking about their responsibilities. The Universities won’t be able to maintain the buildings, let alone pay the lecturers without increasing fees, and where would tertiary education be then? Are you honestly expecting lecturers to teach out of the goodness of their hearts?

    It is the students responsibility to pay their fees, attend their lectures and pass their exams, NOT behave like hooligans and threaten violence when they don’t get what they want. That’s the way a 3-year old behaves, not a higher educated individual. If you choose to protest, that is YOUR choice, but it is selfish and childish to impose YOUR choice on others. There are still others who want to learn, and they are the responsible adults of the future.

  4. The Truth says

    Is this an ANC or EFF publication? Surely one sided journalism should be frowned upon, here you repeatedly claim protesters remained peaceful. I would like to know a few things though? 1. If they are peaceful, why do they carry weapons(Sticks) and are busy hurling bottles and other objects? 2. Why do they disrupt the city of Johannesburg and the lives of ordinary citizens? 3. Why would they deny police access to the premises if they are so peaceful? (And why is speaking Afrikaans such a crime). Sorry but I don’t see any evidence here of white people being violent, in fact I see the opposite. I see black students in ANC, EFF etc outfits threatening and forcefully denying non striking students access to their “right” to an education. The time is coming, whites are getting tired of these barbaric actions and bully methods of plain criminals and thugs. When you act like a savage you are a…? Morals are free, education should be secondary to moral values.

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  7. Zazu says

    Well done to all those who stood up against these hooligan protesters. You know what they say; if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Did they expect to deny people their freewill and liberties and not suffer any repercussions? This article is not journalism, its propaganda. Peace.

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