With Wits students having abandoned classes for weeks now to demand free higher education, the university said it was doing everything it could to complete the academic year. File picture: Antoine de Ras
With Wits students having abandoned classes for weeks now to demand free higher education, the university said it was doing everything it could to complete the academic year. File picture: Antoine de Ras

Three petrol bombs found at Wits

By African News Agency Time of article published Oct 12, 2016

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Johannesburg - Three homemade petrol bombs have been found at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) on Wednesday morning and police were on the scene with sniffer dogs.

A student at Wits said the backpack containing three beer bottles filled with petrol that was found at Wits at the Raikes Gate on west campus was handed over to the police.

There were also reports of failed attempts to set buildings alight on campus, where toilets in many buildings had been flooded. On Tuesday there was a false alarm resulting in students being evacuated after reports surfaced that a bomb had been found on campus – it later turned out to be a fire cracker.

University management said lectures were continuing on Wednesday.

Students protesting for free education have been trying to force the institution to shut down until their demands are met. However a huge police and private security presence has ensued that lectures continue.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

African News Agency

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