Two arrests for arson attack at UKZN residence at Durban, Westville campus

The Westville Campus Oval Residence was set alight while it was closed because of concerns about the building
The Westville Campus Oval Residence was set alight while it was closed because of concerns about the building

Two currently unregistered students have been arrested in connection with the arson attack on the Oval student residence at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus in Durban which took place early on Sunday, October 11.

UKZN said in a statement its leadership “applauds law enforcement agencies for the swift arrests made”. “This building (the Oval) is in the process of being closed due to severe health and safety regulation breaches that the University is currently dealing with. “Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack.

“Two arrests have already been made, and more arrests are expected in connection with the torching of the building.”

Investigators said the two (currently unregistered) students, aged 24 and 25, are facing trespassing, arson and attempted murder charges.”

Vice-Chancellor and principal, Professor Nana Poku said the arrests should sound a warning to criminals masquerading as students on UKZN campuses.

“Such individuals have no place in our modern society, let alone on our University campuses. The University community stands as one in condemnation of this senseless, criminal act.”

The University called on anyone with information to come forward by contacting the University’s Risk Management Services (RMS) to help with their continuing investigation. Information can also be sent confidentially and anonymously, 24/7, to Tip-offs Anonymous, through the following channels:

•Toll-free: 0800 203 285

•Email: ukzn@tip-offs.com

•Website: https://www.tip-offs.com


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