University of Johannesburg identifies students in arson attacks

2016-08-05 21:12
Police inspect the scene of the fire at the University of Johannesburg's Kingsway campus. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Police inspect the scene of the fire at the University of Johannesburg's Kingsway campus. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg – The University of Johannesburg has identified students who were allegedly involved in an arson attack that destroyed the institution's Sanlam Auditorium, it said on Friday.

"Investigations have made significant progress and the university will now embark on disciplinary action against the students who were identified as having been involved with this act," the university said in a statement.

The auditorium at the university went up in flames in the early hours of Monday, May 16.

No one was injured, but the fire reportedly destroyed over 1 000 seats, as well as computer labs housing equipment used to conduct career assessment and guidance for students and prospective students.

"In light of the extremely serious nature of the incident, the university does not consider it appropriate to delay the disciplinary proceedings pending conclusion of criminal proceedings, which may only commence sometime in the future," it said.

The university said the venues which were destroyed during the fire were restored and opened for teaching on Monday. 

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