Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Qwa-Qwa: The Phuthaditjhaba Public Order Police arrested two students at UFS-Qwaqwa Campus yesterday; 14 March 2022, after they allegedly damaged university property and barricaded R57 for almost six hours due to protest.

On Monday; 14 March 2022, the students at the Campus got into violent demonstrations at the University of the Free State branch in Qwaqwa.

The University issued a statement that the entrance gate to the Qwaqwa Campus of the UFS was blocked by a group of students. The group stoned private security guards, entered the campus, vandalised and looted property, and assaulted staff and students on campus.

The police engaged them but they ended blocking the main road for traffic, pelted the police with stones and caused malicious damage to state vehicle and other properties within the campus. They were finally dispersed by police and started burning tyre outside R57 road.

“Two students were arrested by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and more have been identified; the necessary disciplinary action will be taken, and immediate suspensions will be instituted. Similarly, the SAPS will institute criminal charges against those who have been identified,”

“The university management has ordered an urgent investigation into yesterday’s incident and condemns the destructive behaviour of the group. This behaviour is not viewed as protest action, but as criminal acts.” the University said in the statement.

The South African Police Service said that the two suspects appeared before the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate court today; 15 March 2022, on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence.

The situation today is very calm and there are no signs of students near the campus this morning and police are monitoring.