UCT management still working to resolve accommodation issues

Management earlier today briefed the media on yesterday's violent protests on campus.

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

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) executive has reiterated it's working "around the clock" to find permanent accommodation for students who have not been placed at a residence.

Management earlier today briefed the media on yesterday's violent protests on campus.

Last night, demonstrators burned portraits, photographs and vehicles as public order police fired stun grenades to disperse them.

The UCT executive says it's a sad day at the university.

It says while the Rhodes Must Fall Movement fights for important student issues, members are discrediting themselves by resorting to violence.

WATCH: Police disperse #RhodesMustFall protesters with stun grenades and rubber bullets

UCT Vice Chancellor Max Price has refuted claims by some student activists that there is a lack of accommodation for black students.

He says about 70 percent of beds in residences are occupied by black students.

"The Rhodes Must Fall lobby claims there's been white preference and I want to say that that is completely wrong."

The Rhodes Must Fall Movement has refused to speak to the media, saying it plans on releasing a statement later today.