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5 students injured after violent protest erupts at University of Fort Hare

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5 students injured after violent protest erupts at University of Fort Hare

Five students from the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Alice campus were injured during a confrontation with police outside the university's main gate.

Phiti said the clash followed a mass meeting held at the Sports Complex on Tuesday, "after which students proceeded to the main gate and began throwing stones at police vehicles and other road users driving along King William's town into Alice - a public road which serves as a main access in and out of Alice".

Phiti said three of the injured students are receiving medical attention at Victoria Hospital while the other two has already been taken home by their parents."Hurling missiles in the direction of the main road poses a serious threat not only to police and state vehicles, but also to members of the university community, the general public and their assets. Business operations in Alice may also be impacted," Phiti said.

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Phiti said the clash followed a mass meeting held at the Sports Complex on Tuesday, "after which students proceeded to the main gate and began throwing stones at police vehicles and other road users driving along King William's town into Alice - a public road which serves as a main access in and out of Alice". Phiti said three of the injured students are receiving medical attention at Victoria Hospital while the other two has already been taken home by their parents. But the economy is mired in its worst crisis in a decade, and security forces have used strong-arm tactics to snuff out three attempts by the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to hold street demonstrations since Friday. "Hurling missiles in the direction of the main road poses a serious threat not only to police and state vehicles, but also to members of the university community, the general public and their assets. “It all started when they said they were the people involved in criminal activity and they took the law into their hands,” she said. Business operations in Alice may also be impacted," Phiti said. “They are also deploying a lot of military and police in the streets. He said they condemn "all" manner of public safety violations by students.com/HNH9q1XPnh — Unisa (@unisa) August 21, 2019 Unveiling of the buildings' plaques.

"This behaviour is disappointing because there is a scheduled meeting with student leaders on Friday, to give feedback on authentic issues raised during a meeting with management a week ago," he said.. Police continued to monitor the area. Dean of Students, Malinge Gqeba said they will do whatever it takes to curb all forms of violence and irresponsible behaviour on their campus.  "Teaching and learning must continue unhindered to make up for lost time.” Tuesday’s heavy security deployment was in the central city of Gweru, where police - who had banned the march on Monday night - patrolled on foot and in lorries and cordoned off a university, a local journalist told Reuters. We urge for cooperation by all stakeholders," Gqeba said. Police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said during the protest, the Visible Policing (VISPOL) members attended and were met by a mob of students who violently advanced to them while at the same time throwing stones at passing motorists. The party failed to overturn two previous bans on marches in the capital Harare on Friday - where police rounded up MDC followers and dispersed them with batons and water cannon and tear gas - and in the second city Bulawayo on Monday.

"During the first encounter, police left the crime scene with the purpose of mobilising more members for backup," Tonjeni said. "Police used rubber bullets to disperse the attacking crowd while backup was requested from Public Order Police.  They also say the government has this year levied subversion charges against at least 24 activists and opposition leaders, the highest number in a single year. The members managed to diffuse the crowd and removed obstacles and stones blocking motorists". He said students then moved back to the campus and there were no casualties reported. Bulawayo saw massive looting and destruction of property in January as protests against a steep rise in the price of fuel turned violent, triggering an army crackdown that killed more than a dozen people. "The students began singing inside the campus and they did not stop throwing stones to the Police.

No one was arrested during the protest". “The move to ban demonstrations predicated on a spurious assertion that the opposition is plotting violent regime change, is not sustainable,” said analyst Piers Pigou, Crisis Group’s senior consultant for southern Africa. Alice Cluster Commander, Brigadier Piet Wolfaard condemned the attacks and acts of violent violence from the students. "Students are privileged with education and negotiation skills.. It cannot be that whenever there are differences and demands that are not met, violence is the first option. Other amicable ways should be explored and exhausted.This is contrary to the precepts of a “new administration” that President Mnangagwa and his team want to sell to the world.

Whenever any protest turns violent, infringing other people's right, police will have no option but to enforce the rule of law, " Wolfaard said. Motorists traveling from King William's Town to Alice or Bedford to Alice were warned to exercise caution and avoid using the R63 passing next to UFH.S. "Motorists from King William' s Town are advised and encouraged to use a bypass indicating Hogsback that will continue until they reach Ntselamanzi to avoid injury and damage to property". [email protected] Cape Argus . The crisis has revived memories of the hyperinflation of a decade ago that forced Zimbabwe to ditch its currency.