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Two buildings set alight at UWC

The university says all activities have been suspended & staff have been told to go home.

Police sweep & clear the UWC campus during violent clashes with students. Students set fire to park benches to create a roadblock at one of the entrances to the residential areas. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesting students have allegedly set fire to two buildings at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The university has been the scene of sporadic protests since last week.

Student activists have issued management with a list of grievances and demands.

Among the buildings which have been torched is a residence.

Only some students, police and emergency services personnel are being allowed on UWC's Bellville Campus.

#UWCShutDown university staff have been told to vacate premises, only police and emergency services allowed in. pic.twitter.com/Jaa1WLq71B

#UWC on lockdown as protesting students allegedly set fire to two buildings this morning. #UWCShutDown pic.twitter.com/5zVpzKqeFW

The university's Luthando Tyhalibongo says all activities have been suspended and staff have been told to go home.

It's understood protesting students on Friday gave Vice-Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius five days to resign.

Last week Pretorius said he was shocked to the core by ongoing violence at the institution.

WATCH: UWC protest damage likely to cost millions