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Three UWC students arrested for suspected theft

Student protests continue while police search for arsonists after two UWC buildings were set alight.

FILE: A student adds fuel to the bonfire during violent clashes between police and students at the University of the Western Cape. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Three students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) have been arrested for allegedly being in possession of suspected stolen property.

Police are also searching for arsonists after two buildings, including a residence and residence administration, were set alight at UWC this morning.

The university, which has been the scene of sporadic protests in recent weeks, is currently on lock-down.

The police's Andre Traut said, "This morning, at approximately 08:33am, three male students were arrested at UWC campus for being in possession of suspected stolen property. They will remain detained until their court appearance later this week."

At the same time, parents of students at the UWC and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) have come out in support of protesting students.

Marcus Solomon, a parent, says students are provoked.

"Everybody agrees this is a legitimate protest. They are provoked into violence and now they are handled like common criminals."

WATCH: UWC protest damage 'likely to cost millions'

Meanwhile, at least one protesting student has been taken into custody following a disruptive protest in the Cape Town CBD earlier today.

Demonstrators brought the CBD to a standstill as they protested along Darling and Adderley Street.

The police's tactical response unit quickly dispersed the group of protesting students along Adderley Street.

The demonstrators from the CPUT launched a protest after university management allegedly chased them off the Cape Town campus earlier today.

The protests are calling for the Vice chancellor's removal.

At campus, police continue to keep a watchful eye after all academic activities were halted for the day.

Students say they will reconvene at CPUT's Bellville campus where they'll await the outcome of a senate meeting.

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