Wits University has issued four students with letters of suspension following violent protests on campus over historic debt and a lack of student accommodation.
Last week, students called for the university to assist more than 200 students who were in urgent need of accommodation.
This resulted in the disruption of academic activities at the university.
Wits University management issued a statement on Twitter saying the students have been charged for disrupting classes, violating the rights of members of the Wits community and for malicious damage to property.
The suspension hearings started on Wednesday for the four students. “The university recognizes the right to peaceful protest and has not charged any individual for protesting peacefully,” Wits University said in a statement.