Riot police and private security are patrolling the University of Western Cape and have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at student demonstrators.
Protests continue following the arrest of five students at the Bellville campus this morning for apparently gathering illegally.
A paramedic has also been wounded and rushed to hospital.
Shaken UWC student Niel said he was set to write his first paper, but management has announced that the day's scheduled exams have been postponed.
I feared for my life today, how are we supposed to continue writing exams like this? The campus is completely trashed.— Niel, UWC student
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Meanwhile, EWN reporter Natalie Malgas said the institution claims the protesters tried to burn one of the residences on campus and other buildings but were prevented.