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News24.com | CR Swart statue has fallen

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Bloemfontein - The vandalised statue of a late politicianCharles Robberts Swart was left lying in a pond in front of the law faculty atthe University of the Free State on Tuesday afternoon,

after a day of protests.

CR Swart served as the last Governor General of Union ofSouth Africa from 1960 to 1961, and was president of the Republic of SouthAfrica from 1961 to 1967.

EFF protesters started defacing the statue at theuniversity on Tuesday morning. Students burned tyres and used hammers and rocksto get the statue down.

Earlier in the day, EFF supporters, clad in red T-shirtsand berets, spilled onto the campus and blockaded the main gate, while othersvandalised the statue and law buildings.

The protesters smashed glass cabinets and spray-paintedthe words "Robert Sobukwe Law School" on one of the buildings.

On Monday night, protesters clashed with supporters ofthe university’s rugby team after disrupting a Varsity Cup match.

The match resumed after police and university securityintervened.

Student Representative Council vice president, MphoKhati, told students they were the university's new management and would makethe institution ungovernable until their demands were met.

CR Swart is down#phantsheNgeStatuesSeApartheid#ufspic.twitter.com/rERoDA0Hwk

— Riah Motlogelwa (@IntrepridMini) February 23, 2016

#UFSpic.twitter.com/NGB59WL4a6

— Athandiwe Saba (@Athi_Saba) February 23, 2016

C R Swart has fallen at UFS. ?? Amandla!!! pic.twitter.com/uErECtSNy4

— intez'mnandi (@TebogoSoldaat) February 23, 2016
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