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Classes resume at NWU Vaal campus following disruptions

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Classes resume this morning at the North West University’s Vaal campus following disruptions earlier this week.

Students clashed with the police on Tuesday during a protest over student allowances.

Two of the students were bumped down by a car, which was being driven by their white peer – leading suspicions that it was a racially-motivated incident.

The university has, however, dismissed those claims saying the student knocked down the students while trying to get away from the chaos that had ensued between the police and her counterparts.

“The rumours going around on social media about this being a deliberate incident or a racial motivated incident is completely not true, this all happened during chaos as a result of protest actions by students on the campus,” says North West University spokesperson, Louis Jacobs.

The university says events on campus have left many students and faculty members shaken.

Jacobs says the police are maintaining a heightened state of alert at the institution to swiftly address any further infractions.

“These incidents are viewed with utmost seriousness and we are grateful for the prompt response from the South African Police Services (SAPS) in addressing the situation. Events that occurred in on the Vanderbijl Park campus are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

No case has been opened against the student who knocked down her peers. Written by Tshenolo Khaile

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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