The protest going on in institutions across the country, no doubt, has been hijacked as the police and university security departments discovers more petrol bombs around academic buildings.
Three petrol bombs were found at Wits University this morning as the institution prepares to continue with its academic activity amid ongoing student protests on the campus.
This comes after three bottles of the same fuel bomb were previously discovered by the police.
According to the police who were seen with a police dog sniffing out the liquid content, three beer bottles filled with petrol was found at Wits at the Raikes Gate on west campus.
More to this, the university said another two petrol bombs were found outside the John Moffet building, with another thrown through the window.
Terrified by these discoveries, the South African Students Congress (Sasco) in Gauteng called for a total shut down of all campuses in the province even as the basement of the university’s architecture building was set alight but the fire extinguished by the sprinkler system.
There were also reports that the entrance to the Tshwane University of Technology’s West campus was set ablaze while the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus and the Malherbe residence had to be evacuated following a fire incidence.
Wits Varsity students have on countless occasions, tried to force the institutions to shut down like in most other schools across the country, but the presence of the police and private security has ensured that lectures continue.
University management even said lectures were continuing on Wednesday.
At Wits on Tuesday‚ the FNB Building had to be evacuated after “a suspicious parcel was found”‚ but Wits said turned out to be “a firecracker”.
That notwithstanding, the varsity management said: “We are reviewing camera footage to try and track down the person who left the package in the building.”
The institution also reported that “confrontations between police and students took place outside the Wartenweiler Library and the Great Hall during the lunch hour” and “water cannons‚ stun guns‚ rubber bullets and tear gas” were used to disperse the crowd.
Nevertheless, the police are conducting security checks on all cars and people entering the university to ensure no destructive contents enter the university environment.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has assured students that the ongoing protest for free education will soon be resolved. He urged students to return to the classrooms as the newly appointed task team will help bring a lasting solution to the crisis.