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Wits protesters trashing CBD, intimidating shopkeepers into closing

Students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa are protesting, the protesters were reportedly demanding that students with less than R150 000 debt be allowed to register and that the upfront fee for Wits residences be waived.

The protest has become chaotic, with groups turning violent as they move between campuses. In Braamfontein, shopkeepers were intimidated into closing their doors, street poles were torn down and rubbish was strewn across the streets.

Students and security officers were also involved in a scuffle outside the university’s Great Hall. Their aim was to move their protest inside the venue, demanding the vice-chancellor address them.

Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) president Aphiwe Mnyamana said they will not stop their demonstrations until their demands are met.

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