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#UCT: Cops use stun grenades to quell overnight protests

Protesters went on a rampage & torched two Jammie Shuttles over a shortage of student accommodation.

Protesting #RhodesMustFall students blocked Rondebosch Main Road in Cape Town before being dispersed by police. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police used stun grenades to disperse protesting students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) last night.

Demonstrators went on the rampage, torching and stoning two Jammie Shuttle buses.

This morning, police are still on the scene, but it's quiet at Upper and Middle campuses.

It remains to be seen if protests will erupt again.

It says it's in the process of obtaining a court interdict against leaders of Rhodes Must Fall, who are leading the demonstrations.

The university's Elijah Moholola says, "We've had situations where certain acts were dealt with. We've had about eight arrests that were made as well. We have about the same number of students who are going to be suspended after they were identified for their involvement in such unlawful actions."

#RhodesMustFall All quiet at UCT for now. Some areas still cordoned off after last night's violent protests. LI pic.twitter.com/FWGsB3IPTA

  • EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2016 WATCH: UCT protesters dispersed with stun grenades & rubber bullets

Last night, a vehicle was also set alight.

#RhodesMustFall A UCT vehicle was set alight last night. LI pic.twitter.com/wWM7yDWdfJ

Paintings were also burned as students vented their anger over a shortage of residence accommodation.

Tensions erupted when police were called in to disassemble a mock shack that had been erected on campus.

A charred black mark is all that remains of irreplaceable portraits of what the protesters called 'white colonialists, looking at them.'

UCT's Gerda Kruger says they will now seek legal action.

After being dispersed with stun grenades, some protesters seem unclear about what the next step will be.

Some students who looked on during the destructive demonstrations are calling on university management to find a speedy resolution to bring the protests to an end.

#RhodesMustFall Students, staff members arriving, taking pictures of damages. LI pic.twitter.com/3v44nvbYOf

The organisation's John Schooling says around 600,000 students can't be accommodated this year.

"The consequences are pretty dire. If you're in good accommodation - particularly first year - you have an 80 percent chance of passing. If you're not in campus accommodation that figure drops down to as little as 30 to 40 percent."

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