WSU's Mthatha protesters loot, damage property

2016-02-17 22:12
Students protest outside Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha.

Students protest outside Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha. (Twitter)

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Mthatha - Student representatives at Walter Sisulu University's Mthatha campus are in talks with management following violent protests at the institution this week.

The talks, at a neutral venue in East London, followed extensive damage protesting students caused on the campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, university spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo said.

"They have burnt a number of our fleet cars, they have damaged private property, they continue to burn property, they have looted the warehouse, they have looted the campus kitchen which supplies the cafeteria - the food that the kids end up eating and buying.  So there has been widespread vandalism on the Mthatha campus,” she said.

Interim vice chancellor Khaya Mfenyana shut the campus on Tuesday. Students were told to vacate their residences until calm was restored.

"Unfortunately, the kids are still on campus and more cars were burnt today after being instructed to leave campus completely, including the residence. They said they would only leave if there was a court order directing them to leave the campus."

Tukwayo said security guards and police were on the campus.

"SAPS has been working tirelessly in the last few days to get the situation under control, but it is very disappointing that students can damage the very property that is used to support them in their education," she said.

Meanwhile, 51 Walter Sisulu University students were released on bail on Tuesday following their arrest during violent protests on its East London campus.

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