Rorisang Kgosana
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14 Oct 2016
6:05 am

Protesting students provoke cops, call on police to arrest them

Rorisang Kgosana

Students provoked police outside the residence, calling on them to 'attack'.

Protesting students at the Tshwane University of Technology Arts campus. Pictures: Jacques Nelles

The South African Union of Students (Saus) has called on students to remain disciplined and continue fighting for free education despite academic activity resuming at various universities.

“We are saying police can arrest us,” Saus secretary-general Sthembiso Ndlovu said. “Students must remain revolutionary and must continue to fight for the good cause of free education.”

Ndlovu addressed the media at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Pretoria campus, where a small group of students torched items, including tables, chairs and a photocopy machine, while pelting rocks and bricks at police.

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Students provoked police outside the residence, calling on them to “attack”.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the small group.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said the Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve campuses had also experienced disruptions as the entrances were obstructed.

“The situation was managed and contained and minimal damage to property was sustained.”

Academic activity is expected to continue at TUT campuses today.