Arrested Wits students face public violence charges


A stun grenade thrown by South African police forces ricochet on a student taking part in a protest in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG - Wits University students are adamant the campus will remain shut until their demands are met.

On Wednesday, two students were arrested as violent protests broke out at the institution.

Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades and one student was injured.

The students arrested on Wednesday are are expected to appear at Hillbrow magistrate’s court on Thursday.

They face charges of public violence.

Police say the two were briefly detained and charged on Wednesday and later released.

One of the students, Zainab Patel, claims she has done nothing wrong and was shot in the foot.

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Meanwhile, university management says its hands are tied and government needs to step in.

University authorities say classes will resume on Monday.