All-day clashes at UKZN

2016-10-13 18:03


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2016-10-13 11:18

Police have clashed with students at the UKZN Westville campus on Thursday.WATCH

Durban – Protesters and police went head-to-head on Thursday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus.

A voice note had earlier made its rounds on social media, in which students are heard saying they would shut the campus down. 

Police clashed several times with students who were armed with stones and makeshift ironing board shields. 

The protesters also released a number of homemade tear gas concoctions that disorientated police and security guards. A metro police officer was injured during the clashes; he sustained a cut on his hand. 

Some police officers ran out of ammunition during the confrontations. Two Nyalas were brought in to assist authorities to make inroads at the campus residence where most of the violence has emanated from. 

Students then sought refuge in the residence where they heckled authorities.

At least three arrested

Westville police entered the P-Block residence, where they searched for a group of protesters who were leading the violent clashes. No one was apprehended. 

Protesters started a fire in the student services block. Fire services had to be brought in to control the blaze. 

By midday, police had managed to make ground and take control of sections of the campus. A group of students protesting peacefully were allowed to leave the campus along Varsity Drive. 

Police monitored them as they walked out of the campus and into buses, before leaving the area. 

Earlier, police arrested at least three protesters. It is unclear if there were more arrests. 

The university has since shut down the campus for the day. 

In an email to students it said: "The situation at the Westville campus at the moment is unsafe and you are urged to exercise extreme caution as you leave the premises."

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