Cops, security use paintball and rubber bullets against UKZN students

Durban – Police and security guards fired paintball and rubber bullets at protesting students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Pietermaritzburg campus on Wednesday.

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Several students were arrested for "carrying dangerous weapons" while trying to disrupt lectures, said a student who was part of the protest.

This was the third day that the academic programme on the campus had been disrupted due to protests ahead of Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s announcement on fee increases for next year. He was expected to do so before the end of the month.

University of KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said on Tuesday night that lectures on the campus were expected to continue on Wednesday.

Teaching and learning continued at UKZN’s Howard College, Westville, Edgewood, and Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine campuses.

UKZN and police could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.


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