Alert guard thwarts Rhodes University arson bid

2016-05-12 18:14


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Grahamstown – The University of Rhodes said that there was an arson attempt at the campus on Thursday morning.

Sizwe Mabizela, the university's Vice-Chancellor, said in a statement that two fires were started at the south entrance to the council chambers in the main administration building with early signs pointing to the use of an inflammable substance.

"The incident occurred shortly after the building was unlocked for the day by a member of the Campus Protection Unit," Mabizela said.

A campus guard noticed a burning smell and the fire was extinguished before it got out of hand, preventing serious damage to the building.

The university condemned the attempted arson and destruction of property, saying that all forms of violence was unacceptable.

The South African Police Service and the local Fire Department were on the scene to investigate.

Read more on:    rhodes university  |  east london  |  arson  |  fires

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.