VIDEO: Chaos erupts at fees must fall protest


Johannesburg, 15 August 2016 - University of Johannesburg students protest for free education. Student body Sasco says talks about a nationwide shutdown of universities are ongoing but no final decision has been made.

*Editor&39;s note: This developing story will be updated by as and when there is newsworthy progress on the ground.  

JOHANNESBURG - Chaos erupted outside the University Johannesburg&39;s Doornfontein campus on Monday when protesting Congress of South African Students (Cosas) attempted to block roads.

The group, including school pupils, arrived by bus to protest for free education.

They held placards a few hundred meters from the university entrance that read "fees must fall" and "free education" and set alight bins in the vicinity.

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The group stopped buses that were transporting students to the campus.

They forced the learners out of the coaches and shouted "we are fighting for free education"

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Protesters also put tyres in the streets and attempted to burn them but police dispersed them.

By Monday afternoon there was an increase in police presence outside the campus as protesters attempted to regroup.

Meanwhile the University of KwaZulu-Natal&39;s Pietermaritzburg campus has suspended classes.

That&39;s as overnight protests continued on Monday morning.

Academic activities are expected to resume on Wednesday.

It&39;s unclear if the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania was behind the mass action. The organisation threatened to shut down universities across the country.

Student body Sasco told eNCA that talks about a nationwide shutdown of universities are ongoing but no final decision has been made yet.

Click on the video in the above image gallery to see Lwando Majiza of the organisation explain their unhappiness with the commission of inquiry into higher education funding.