The University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa has suspended classes for two days, from today the 23rd to 24th of February after the violence which rocked the university early this week.
In the incident which ignited clashes, protesting black students and workers reportedly disrupted a Varsity Cup rugby match between UFS and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the protesters were violently attacked by white students watching the game.
According to the university, “The protestors were chased off the field and beaten by the spectators”.
Following the attack, the university issued a statement condemning the attack. The statement read: “UFS condemns in the strongest terms possible the violence against the protestors; nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands”.
“An urgent investigation is underway, using footage from the event, and no stone will be left unturned to identify those who acted violently, whether students or not”.
The decision to temporarily close the university was made due to the strike of outsourced contract workers.
The protesters have been demanding an end to outsourced employment of cleaners at the institution.
The attack on black protesters by white protesters has caused a stir, social media has been abuzz with comments from users condemning the attacks.
University of Free State has always been a safe haven for racists
— Thapelo (@Thapz_CFC) February 23, 2016
Woke up and saw the University of Free State video. I’m so disgusted & mad & ashamed right now.
— Michelle Hattingh (@ms_hattingh) February 23, 2016
Whats happening at University of Free State is sickening. Those white boys once fed our mothers urine & dog food
— Lindeka Nocanda (@LindyCandaz) February 23, 2016
Watch video: Please note video contain scenes of violent nature
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Source: University of the Free State