Tempers flare amid 'racial clashes' at UFS

A group of white students on Monday reportedly assaulted black students at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein.

Video footage of black protesters being assaulted by white spectators at the university's rugby field has since emerged.

Stephen Grootes on Tuesday spoke to EWN reporter Mia Lindeque about the situation on the ground.

Listen to the conversation below:

Students marched from the main campus where they burnt the statue of apartheid leader Charles Robberts Swart. The statue's hands are tied together with a chain while the rest of his body is covered with something like molten (green) plastic.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

It was peaceful march; they (students) had joined workers protesting against outsourcing... They were peacefully marching, holding hands, and during half time they went on to the rugby field... and out of the blue a group of white students and parents started beating them.

Mia Lindeque, EWN reporter

Meanwhile, the situation remains tense at University of Pretoria, where EFF and Afriforum members clashed over the proposed language policy.

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