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#UCT: Vice-chancellor's office petrol bombed in overnight protests

Violent protests erupted last night over a shortage of student accommodation.

Firefighters extinguish a Jammie Shuttle that was torched by protesting #RhodesMustFall students at UCT. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Max Price says his office was targeted and petrol bombed during violent protests that broke out on campus last night.

A Jammie Shuttle bus and a bakkie were also torched.

Police confirmed that eight people were arrested at the university last night and are expected to appear in court today on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.

#RhodesMustFall The damaged UCT vehicle is still cordoned off outside the John Day Building this morning. LI pic.twitter.com/gLtLUnoSsJ

Police were called in and used stun grenades to disperse protesting students who are up-in-arms over a shortage of student accommodation.

Price says security has been beefed up this morning.

He claims officers found bottles of petrol hidden in a mock shack erected by demonstrators to highlight the shortage of residence space.

It was torn down last night by security guards and police.

#RhodesMustFall It seems many signage posts in the Residence Road vicinity have been vandalized. LI pic.twitter.com/YI0Mwg5Ikh

Price says security has been tightened.

"We believe that's why we've increased security as heavily as we have. On the one hand when you bring in security it's regarded as provocative, but our first priority has to be the safety of students and staff. We've restored safety during the night. Classes will happen today."

WATCH: UCT protesters dispersed with stun grenades & rubber bullets

This morning, some students and staff members arriving at UCT seemed confused, admitting they're were not sure what the university's plans are as far as lectures are concerned.

But management says its business as usual.

Meanwhile, officials are clearing rubble, glass and bricks along Residence Road, where protesters went to the rampage last night.

#RhodesMustFall More rubble being cleared. LI pic.twitter.com/8prO5lcZDe

#RhodesMustFall Detour on Residence Road, where the street's still littered with rubble. LI pic.twitter.com/IWlSfMwZ0t

The police tape cordoning off a section of the Jammie steps has also been removed to allow students access.

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