UKZN to pursue 'rogue perpetrators'

2016-09-21 19:24

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Durban - The University of KwaZulu-Natal cautioned “rogue perpetrators” in the student body, after a voice note warning of a protest and mass destruction at Durban’s Howard College Campus was circulated on Wednesday.

“We are also aware of some rogue perpetrators who are using social media platforms to threaten violent protest action and intimidate students to keep away from campus,” the university said in a statement.

The inflammatory remarks included threats to shut down campus, mass destruction and stopping students from finishing their degrees.

“We caution students to guard against making defamatory comments, spreading misinformation and inciting violence in any form. Incidents of this nature are being investigated and people found guilty will be brought to book,” it said.

There was a significant police and security presence on campus, as students massed for a brief meeting with Student Representative Council members.

The only disruption to the academic schedule happened in Pietermaritzburg.

“On the Pietermaritzburg campus, a group of six students disrupted a lecture venue early this morning. The protesters have been dispersed, however there are challenges that persist on that particular campus.”

The academic programme was however continuing on the Howard College, Westville, Edgewood, and Medical School campuses.

The SRC is expected to adopt an official plan of action on Thursday morning, after consultation with their leadership and students.

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