Students arrested amid UKZN chaos

2016-10-11 11:28
Police prevent students from entering the magistrate’s court on Monday.

Police prevent students from entering the magistrate’s court on Monday. (Ian Carbutt)

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Sporadic protests on Monday at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus once again saw students involved in running battles with police, with a number arrested Monday night.

The protest began late Monday afternoon when about 200 students broke down a gate to gain access to the university campus in Alan Paton Avenue.

The group tried to attack guards from private security company Mi7 by throwing stones at them before regrouping at the main lawns.

The group then split into smaller groups that rampaged through the grounds, trying to break down doors. They converged at the Science building on the main campus, where they overturned a university vehicle.

Police retaliated with stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas, and the students dispersed.

The students then began stoning cars on Alan Paton Avenue, but police again dispersed them.

The situation remained calm for a while, but flared up again at about 6 pm when students flung rocks from Malherbe residence and used slingshots to fling marbles at security guards.

The students also stoned cars on Alan Paton Avenue and Ridge Road, and blocked Alan Paton with burning furniture. They also tried to set alight the university’s film studio on the main campus.

The police confronted them with tear gas and engaged them from different directions to disperse them.

By 9.15 pm last night, five students had been arrested at the William O’Brien residence. With tensions high, the clashes were expected to continue into the night.

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