UKZN cancels classes for the week due to violent student protests

UKZN cancels classes for the week due to violent student protests

The academic programme has been suspended at all University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses for the rest of this week after violent student protests over registrations.

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Lauren Beukes

UKZN spokesperson, Ashton Bodrick has confirmed two more properties were set on fire last night.

"In light of the safety of all our students we decided that we will suspend the academic programme until this Friday, therefore it will resume on Monday," he says. 

At the Pietermaritzburg campus, protesting students set fire to a guardhouse as well as a kitchen.

Protesters also hurled rocks and bottles at vehicles on a public road. 

READ: UKZN classes suspended following violent student protests

At the Westville campus, the gymnasium and a mobile office were torched. 

Yesterday afternoon, the office building of the HIV & AIDS Support Unit at Howard College campus was set alight. 

Bodrick says police and campus security worked through the night to try and find the perpetrators. 

"We have made 14 arrests already. We are also reviewing CCTV footage so that we can see who else was involved and make sure that we do catch these people who are doing these criminal acts."

"We are also making sure that we put measures in place with SAPS control that further going forward," he says.

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