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Numsa: Students can't solely be blamed for damages

The UWC has reported it will cost between R10 and R12 million to repair damaged property.

The remains of a piano sit atop a pile of charred furniture outside students' residences at the University of the Western Cape's Bellville campus after protests on Wednesday. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) in the Western Cape says students cannot be held solely responsible for the extensive damag e at universities across the province.

Violent protests at varsities countrywide erupted in September in the wake of the #FeesMustFall campaign.

The University of the Western Cape has reported it will cost between R10 and R12 million to repair damaged property.

WATCH: UWC protest damage 'to cost millions'.

At the same time, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has already earmarked R10 million to repair damaged buildings.

The University of Cape Town says it will assess damage, after exams, which are currently underway.

Numsa's Vuyo Lufele says he believes students were in some instances provoked.

"The blame can't only be put on students as students believe they have been provoked before this thing happened, they were peaceful but all of a sudden police were shooting at them."