KZN students released on warning

2012-02-16 19:48
Durban - Four students arrested during violent protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus have been released on warning, police said on Thursday.

They appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, and the matter was postponed to March 30, Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

Clive Buxeka, 20, Luthando Gangatha, 19, Msizi Mkhwanazi, 20, and Joshua Zimerman, 22, were arrested on Tuesday for malicious damage to property.

Students went on a rampage around 07:30am after they were informed about a court interdict against the campus protests of the past weeks.

"Students got angry and barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks, preventing vehicles from coming in and out of the institution," said Mdunge.

Three students were injured during the protests.

Lectures were suspended on Wednesday, but resumed on Thursday under a strong police and security presence on campus.

The students tokk action because they wanted funding to be made available to over 1 000 students. They also wanted the university to provide housing for more students.

University spokeswoman Nomonde Mbadi said R16.2m was made available from the university's funds to financially needy and academically sound students.

This was in addition to about R229m received from National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for 2012.

"We have approached government for additional funding, and management and the Central Student Representative Council are seeking additional funding for 1368 students from NSFAS," she said.

The university's executive was also exploring a student housing plan, Mbadi said.

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