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In pictures: Chaos at Cape Town’s CPUT campus

Tension ran high between security forces and student protestors at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville on Tuesday. Weapons and missiles were drawn and chaos erupted. DAILY MAVERICK CHRONICLE captured it on camera.

Violent protests erupted on Tuesday as CPUT Fees Must Fall protesters clashed with police and private security at the university in Bellville. The day continued a trend of violent student protests seen across the country in the last few weeks, with conflict erupting across the campus.

Watch: Violent protests erupt on CPUT campus on Tuesday (Shaun Swingler)

Heavily armed private security denied entrance to a group of protesting students who wanted to enter the university’s administration building to air their grievances with the vice chancellor, Prins Nevhutalu. Students retreated to stock up on rocks and returned to find private security and police. The SAPS’ Public Order Policing Unit fired teargas, rubber bullets, stun grenades and a water cannon at protesting students. Around eight arrests were made on campus.

Photo: A student taunts private security in the front of CPUT’s admin building, where VC Prins Nevhutalu’s office is. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: Private security personnel look on while students prepare to protest. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A student protester covers his face while marching towards police and private security. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A police officer fires teargas at protesting students. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A police officer runs towards a group of protesting students. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A protester hurls a rock at a group of Public Order Police officers. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A protester is arrested by private security. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: Police move towards the entrance to a student residence where, protesters are barricaded inside. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: A police officer searches a student residence for protesting students. (Shaun Swingler)

Photo: Police officers search a student residence for protesting students. (Shaun Swingler) DM

Main Photo: Protesting students armed with rocks march towards police and private security. (Shaun Swingler)


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