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ANCYL condemns torching of UKZN property

The ANCYL says that by destroying university property the students are destroying their futures.

FILE: Protesting students. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has condemned the burning of property at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Yesterday, a library was set alight at the institution following two weeks of protests, which flared up last month against an anticipated fee increment for the 2017 academic year.

The league's general secretary, Njabulo Nzuza, says by destroying property the students are destroying their futures.

"They go to the extent of burning libraries which are reservoirs of knowledge, which we should all be using for the future and safeguarding for our children. It's uncalled for and it must stop, it must not happen."

The protests appeared to reach a climax on Tuesday night when several cars and the library were set alight.

Police said those arrested would be charged with public order offences as investigations into the torching of the buildings and vehicles continued.

"The library was burnt and were are still investigating this crime," police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said.

University students are awaiting to hear whether there will be an increase in 2017 tuition fees as the government and universities hold talks to determine the fee structure.

South Africa was rocked last year by weeks of angry demonstrations over the cost of university education, forcing President Jacob Zuma to rule out fee raises planned for this year.

Many black students are frustrated by the inequalities that persist two decades after the end of white-minority rule. They argue that raising fees will further disadvantage black students who had little access to universities under apartheid.

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