UKZN protests: 16 students arrested after 6 vehicles and building torched

2016-09-06 09:56
Six vehicles and a building were torched in riots at UKZN. (Supplied)

Six vehicles and a building were torched in riots at UKZN. (Supplied)

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Durban – Six vehicles and a building were torched in riots involving around 200 rioting students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Westville campus, police said on Tuesday.

"They burnt six vehicles from the campus, threw stones at the police, vandalised the centre management office using stones and blocked the road," police spokesperson Lieutenant Thulani Zwane said.

A video has since emerged showing the burning of the vehicles.

Zwane said a group of about 50 students had initially blockaded the road with burning tyres and rocks at the campus just after 17:30.

"They also threw stones at the passing by vehicles, but one came forward to report. We are appealing to the people whose cars were damaged to open the cases."

Campuses calm

According to Zwane, 16 students, aged between 17 and 20, were arrested for public violence and contravening a court order.

"The suspects damaged the university property."

Zwane said they would appear at the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He said the situation was calm at all UKZN campuses on Tuesday.

Last week Tuesday the Howard College coffee shop was set alight while the Pietermaritzburg main exam hall went up in flames a day later.

University management is yet to comment on the matter.

WATCH: Protesting students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal torch six vehicles

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