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EFF leadership at UJ denies involvement in arson attack

The main auditorium at the Kingsway campus was torched in the early hours of this morning.

The outside of the Sanlam Auditorium at the University of Johannesburg. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) students command has vehemently denied its members were behind the arson attack at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

The main auditorium at the Kingsway campus was torched in the early hours of this morning, resulting in about R100 million damage.

No one was injured and police are now searching for the culprits.

WATCH: UJ students blame security for R100 million fire.

EFF students command chairman Tshireletso Mati says he's disappointed that there have been suggestions that they are behind the torching of the building.

"We were surprised because there is heavy security presence on campus. They are everywhere, it is clear that they could be behind this."

Deputy Vice Chancellor Mpho Letlape says she doesn't believe security guards are involved.

"I would request that if those students have proof, they come [forward] and report [it]. From where we sit, those gentlemen and ladies who have worked very hard to protect our university."

Letlape says a small group of people are behind the attack and the university has vowed to find them and bring them to book.

At the same time, the university says lectures will continue as scheduled, while police investigate the cause of the fire.

Letlape says they will find the culprits.

"We will not give this small group of criminals the pleasure of disrupting teaching. Our university remains open for its business of teaching, learning and doing research and this we will never compromise."

The university has vowed to find them and bring them to book.

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