A week of violent protests has seen the arrest of more than 100 students, the death of a cleaner contracted to work at Wits University, and the price of university property damage rising above half a billion rands.
Authorities have yet to make arrests in connection with some of the major property damage cases, but have launched a culpable homicide investigation in connection with the death of Celumusa Ntuli.
Ntuli had been cleaning the Jubilee Hall residence when protesters released fire extinguishers on Tuesday last week.
He fell ill and was in hospital for three days.
Over the weekend, Ntuli developed complications and was taken back to hospital but died before arriving. It is not clear what caused his death.
Through calls to universities and police it has been established that at least 118 students were arrested during the protests at nine universities across the country.
The majority of those arrested were rounded up in clashes with police on or outside university campuses.
No arrests were reported in the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
At a press conference in Pretoria yesterday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said that destruction of property that characterised the student protest had reached a cost of R600-million in the past year.