Wits students told to take cover as police open fire on protesters

Wits management has confirmed that they've asked non-protesting students to remain in lecture halls and campus buildings until police disperse protesters.

It's safer for them to do so at this stage. All deans and heads of schools have been instructed to communicate directly with students.

Sharona Patel, Wits spokesperson

Wits spokesperson Sharona Patel says lectures were disrupted this morning on the east and west campus before gathering outside the Great Hall, where advocate Dali Mpofu addressed the protesting group.

Patel explains that university management will communicate with staff and students once the volatile situation has been brought under control.

She has urged all concerned parents and students to contact Wits campus control centre on 011 717 44 44.

They know exactly what's happening on campus second by second.

Sharona Patel, Wits spokesperson

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At the same time, EWN's Clement Manyathela reported live from the ground, with several bangs heard in the background as police fired stun grenades and tear gas to disperse protesting students.

We're trying to run away from the police now. They've just fired two stun grenades and tear gas.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says police warned protesters that they are not allowed to chant songs or gather in groups of more than 15 people.

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