Violence has erupted at Stellenbosch University, with four people arrested following clashes between students and police yesterday.
Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at protesting students who tried to storm the varsity to disrupt classes.
Maties is the only major varsity in the Cape to remain open after UCT, UWC and CPUT all suspended classes yesterday following protests.
At Maties, 12 students, who have gone on a hunger strike after they were suspended by the institution, staged a silent protest.
But the situation quickly escalated when security guards and police clashed with students trying to occupy the Education Faculty building.
Maties spokesman Martin Viljoen said by last night, police and private security guards were still monitoring the situation.
“From the information we have, quite a number of protesters are not actually students here,” he says.
Meanwhile, violence erupted once again at the Witwatersrand University in Braamfontein when police faced off with students.
Classes were meant to resume following a three-week shutdown but protest leaders defiantly said nothing would happen until free education demands are met.
Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, while students pelted rocks at the small army of police.
Later, a large group of students moved into the town where a Wits bus was torched.
A video showing a bleeding priest also did the rounds online.
It’s reported that the priest of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein was shot with rubber bullets after he tried to give shelter to protesting students.
Acting national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane told the media yesterday that it was too early to call a state of emergency following the violence at Wits and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Classes at the UCT, UWC remain suspended while CPUT resumes academic activities today.