JOHANNESBURG - The University of the Witwatersrand on Thursday lashed out at a group of protesters accusing them of using the continuing students' hunger strike for political reasons.
The institution's management said a group of about 50 protesters who wore face masks, arrived early morning, blocking entrances to the campus and placing rocks on the roads.
The group was heeding calls to shut down campuses and was targeting Wits first so that other institutions would follow suit, the university said.
''We are of the view that these individuals do not have the interest of our students at heart. Their aim is to disrupt learning and to hold higher education institutions to ransom in order to advance their own political agenda. Their agenda has nothing to do with free education but is rather a deliberate attempt to destabilise our university,'' Wits management said in a statement.
''We need to expose these persons who are on our campus today trying to disrupt our lectures and to shut down our campuses. We need to expose them, suspend them if they are students and have them arrested if they are threatening people, infringing on the rights of others to learn and work and damaging property.''