UKZN campus burns as protest boils over

2015-09-14 11:31
UKZN Westville campus.

UKZN Westville campus. (Avir, Twitter)

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

Durban - Police and security guards are engaged in rolling battles with a mob of students that set fire to buildings and destroyed vehicles at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus on Monday.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

The students have pelted police with stones and bottles and blockaded roads leading to residences with burning barricades.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that detectives were investigating. 

"We can confirm that Westville Police Station is investigating a case of malicious damage to property and public violence which happened at UKZN Westville campus.

"It is alleged that vehicles were damaged and set alight by the suspects. The motive of the attack is unknown and no arrest has been made at this stage," he said.

A police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said that Public Order Policing unit members and security officials had been involved in pitch battles with students all morning.

(Supplied to News24)

"Last night a mob of students attacked the administration block and threw petrol bombs through the windows and set fire to the whole place," he said.

The source added that the group then turned their attention to the security infrastructure on campus, attacking guards inside a security control room.

"They overturned two vehicles and then set them on fire before throwing petrol bombs at the office. Luckily the guards managed to escape through a back door," he said.

(Supplied to News24)

Read more on:    ukzn  |  durban  |  education  |  protests

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

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

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.