Students barricade Johannesburg varsity gates

JOHANNESBURG - Security guards slapped, kicked and pepper sprayed students who were protesting on the Kingsway campus of the University of Johannesburg on Thursday.

News24 reporter on the scene, Lizeka Tandwa, said workers were camping outside the gates of the campus in a peaceful protest against outsourcing, but the trouble began when students inside the campus wanted to go outside.

The gate was locked.A group of between 40 and 50 students pushed against the gate. A security guard, trying to stop them, slapped a woman in the face.

Students reacted angrily and the situation got even more out of control.

Security guards were seen kicking students, slapping them, beating them with sticks and pepper-spraying them.

A woman student was crying hysterically as her friend held a bottle of water against her head for her.

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