Substation, storerooms burn at University of Zululand

Durban – Multiple fires, including one at a substation at the University of Zululand, are suspected to have been started intentionally, the university said on Thursday.

University spokesperson Gcina Nhleko said in a statement that the institution was made aware on Wednesday night that storerooms were on fire.

"Three storerooms were completely damaged. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage."

He added that the university electricity substation had also caught fire.

"Upon close inspection with electricians it was discovered that cables were set alight."

According to Nhleko, the university substation perimeter fence was cut.

"It was also discovered that the fire started from outside. There is suspicion that somebody set fire... [to] the cables. Security guards were posted to safeguard the substation."

Mtunzini police were also on the scene and took pictures for investigation, Nhleko added.

The fire is suspected to be linked to ongoing protests on campus. Staff, including academics from several faculties, have been on strike since August 15 over low pay, among other things.

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