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.