Car overturned, buildings torched at UKZN

2016-10-12 15:56
Six vehicles and a building were torched in riots at UKZN. (Supplied, file)

Six vehicles and a building were torched in riots at UKZN. (Supplied, file)

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Durban - Protesters overturned a car and set fire to a TV room and lecture theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday.

A registered student and a former student were arrested for the alleged arson attack, spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

The car was overturned in the parking lot of Shepstone Building on the Howard College campus, despite the inclement weather in Durban. Some tests and lectures were disrupted on the campus.

Students used a fire extinguisher to disrupt lectures in the chemical engineering building. An engineering student told News24 that he was in a lecture room when he heard loud banging.

"By the time we went down, the doors were shattered. We were told the building was shut down following the attack.

"It was somewhat scary. This situation is nerve wrecking. We want to get our education, but the disruptions keep occurring."

Howard College SRC deputy president Sunshine Myende said students were continuing their protest.

"We are continuing protests for the call of free education. We did not have the numbers we wanted today because of the weather, but we will still continue."

When asked about the overturning of the car, Myende said not all "elements" on campus were students.

"Things are tense and not safe. Students must be aware of these ongoing protests when they attend. There are elements of violence and it is not always from students. I have seen people who are not even students here."

Campus fires

The Malherbe A Block TV room and the Deneys Schreiner lecture theatre were set alight on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus in the early hours of this morning.

"Access to the lecture theatre was gained via a rear entrance. Two suspects were arrested at the scene," Seshoka said.

The university hoped the arrests would prove to be a breakthrough in the investigation into the many acts of arson on the campus in recent weeks.

Management was concerned that criminals had infiltrated the campus under the guise of protest action, and urged police to catch the perpetrators.

"Action will be taken against any individuals found to be in contravention of the High Court interdict in place," Seshoka said.

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