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#FeesMustFall: Protests at UKZN PMB campus

Pietermaritzburg - Protests erupted on Thursday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus, where police used tear gas on students who threw stones at them.

An ANA correspondent reported that police had surrounded the Malherbe residence and had fired teargas into the building for about 30 minutes.

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Every so often groups of about eight or 10 students would emerge from a window and throw stones at the police.

“It is difficult to tell how many are in there. The whole place is cordoned off and I haven’t seen anyone going in,” said the correspondent.

A fire that that was set alight at the entrance to the Malherbe residence was doused by the fire brigade.

Comment was not immediately available from authorities at the university. Spelele Nguse, the student representative council president of the Pietermaritzburg campus, could not be reached.

There were no immediate reports of protest from any of the university’s other four campuses.

Students are demanding that there be no fee increases.

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