WATCH: Woman treated for ‘grenade’ burns as Wits students clash with police

A female student was injured and treated by paramedics in Braamfontein on Wednesday afternoon as Wits University students clashed with police during their protest against the announcement on fee increases on Monday.

It appears the woman suffered burn marks as police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of students who were marching in Jorissen Street who was carried to a nearby ambulance.

Other students surrounded the injured student and gave her water to drink. She was taken by paramedics to an ambulance where she received assistance.

Wits announced the suspension of all university activities for the rest of the week following events of Tuesday where students barricaded en trances to the Wits Braamfontein campus and clashed with security. Students hurled rocks at security guards dressed in riot gear on Tuesday.

Management said students‚ academics‚ professional and academic staff need not come to Wits campuses on Wednesday. The university said it condemned the actions of those who perpetrated acts of violence and would take action against them once they were identified.

The violence featured prominently on social media on Wednesday.

“Grenades launched as the crowds run away #Wits #Fees2017‚” tweeted journalism student Lindokuhle Xulu who posted video footage of police driving back students.

“All we want is to be educated. All SAPS want is to see us hurt‚” tweeted the Wits SRC.

The extent of any other injuries was initially unclear.


Leave a Reply