Watch: Another building torched at UKZN

Watch: Another building torched at UKZN

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's Vice-Chancellor, Nana Poku, says they will leave no stone unturned to find the culprits who burned down a building on the Edgewood campus in Pinetown.

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The building went up in flames last night.

The eThekwini Metro Police's Boysie Zungu says the situation is being closely monitored.

"We had to send our members to assist to deal with the complaint, so they wet to attend there - including with the Metro fire department - to deal with the fire. Police are still at the campus, nothing is happening, but they are monitoring the situation."

The University has been rocked by violent student protests recently over registration and historical debt. It's been quiet for the last two weeks.

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In a statement today, Professor Poku says they're outraged that the torching of the building took place after earnest talks between management and student leadership to resolve the impasse and restore normality to the University. 

He says the destruction of property is an act of intimidation - but it won't stop them from rooting out this destructive culture.

"There have been no disruptions or protests in recent weeks; and the protest that we had, though highly hyperbolic and destructive, was mercifully short-lived (a little over a week of the academic program lost). But make no mistake, this violence was neither random nor pointless."

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"There remain factions within the University determined to turn the clock back - to make corrupt practices, parasitic behaviour and mired systems work for individuals and groups at the expense UKZN's mission."

"We recognise that this cowardly attack on the infrastructure of the University is intended to intimidate us - to make us lose our resolve and to deflect us from initiating sweeping reforms that will ensure the institution's sustainability and heighten its national and international standing," he says. 

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