Fort Hare students torch building

2016-09-22 16:44
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Johannesburg - Protesting students torched a building at the University of Fort Hare's Alice campus in the early hours of Thursday, Vice Chancellor Mvuyo Tom told News24.

"At around 01:00 this morning, a small group of students burned down the Equicent Infrastructure Development building. They broke windows and doors and blocked the university's entrance gates."

Tom said he was shocked by the destruction, after the Student Representative Council had agreed to resume classes. 

"We had a series of meetings, both a mass meeting, and with the SRC. The students were demanding that security should be beefed up at all students' residences. We resolved this and student leaders said they were satisfied. They told us that they would inform students to go back to class today."

Tom said most students had agreed to go back to class, but a small group had vandalised university property. 

"We don't know what they want any more because we have met all of their demands. We have 24-hour security at each residence as per their demands. They have been disciplined until this morning."

Tom said students were holding meetings on the East London campus. Students in East London wanted free education and shuttles to take them from their residences to campus.  

Protests erupted at universities across the country after Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Monday that universities could increase fees for 2017 by up to 8%.

 

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