UPDATE: Wits tightens security after petrol bombs found on campus

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22 September 2016 - Wits public order police and private security guards gather early on Thursday morning on campus, with no sign of students as yet.

JOHANNESBURG - The acting deputy vice-chancellor of Wits University, Tawana Kupe, said on Sunday that security would be beefed up after the discovery of petrol bombs on campus.

"We have three things ... our latent security campus security is on high alert doing regular and thorough patrols, backed up by private security as well as SAPS," Kupe said

" We haven&39;t closed indefinitely. From tomorrow [Monday], we&39;re going to do an assessment and have a meeting as an executive looking for strategies for an engagement. We can&39;t keep closed because this is a very sensitive time when we need to complete the academic programme and write the exams.

"Remember students are needed by society come January one," Kupe said.

The university earlier announced that three petrol bombs were found on its Braamfontein campus on Saturday night.

The university says the bombs were found behind a building close to a fence.

Student protesters at Wits have been demonstrating for the past week to push home their demand  for free tertiary education.

The protests were reignited after an announcement on fee hikes for 2017 by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Monday.

READ: Wits students march to Cosatu House, Wits extends suspension

He left it up to universities to decided on how much fees would increase, suggesting the rise be no more than 8%.

Nzimande later said rich students should subsidise those who cannot afford education.

"We have to understand what we are faced with in higher education by not only looking at higher education. We must be looking at the entire post-school sector that needs to be supported," he said

During the past week police used stun grenades and  rubber bullets to control and disperse protesting students.

Classes at Wits remain suspended. The university said activities on the Wits campus would be resumed only when it believed it could ensure student and staff safety.

 

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