Wits crises causes Mmusi to cancel Humansdorp visit

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the Democratic Alliance has cancelled his visit to Humansdorp due to the ongoing crises at Wits University and other campuses around South Africa.

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Protesting Wits students have overturned the car of a fellow student who drove through their blockade and beat the driver up.

Police rescued him from the protesters. The student’s condition is not clear at present.

Meanwhile, the University of Cape Town has been granted a temporary interdict against protesting students at the campus.

According to the draft order granted by the Western Cape High Court, students were temporarily interdicted from, among other things:

– Disrupting or interfering with normal activities at the university, including lectures, tutorials, exams and tests;

– Barricading entrances;

– Intimidating, threatening and harassing employees and/or students;

– Arson and vandalism;

– Preventing university staff, such as acting vice chancellor Francis Petersen, deputy vice chancellor Danie Visser and his acting counterpart Anwar Mall from returning to work.

In the draft order, the court said the sheriff “may remove all existing barricades and be authorised to remove any new barricades which may be erected”.

The university was forced to suspend all lectures and activities on Monday due to protests over fee hikes.

UCT students began blocking entrances to the institution on Monday morning in protest against a planned 10.3%.

The protest comes amidst several others at universities countrywide over proposed fee increases for 2016.

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