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Are UKZN students really behind property destruction?

The Howard, Durban-Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses have been rocked by demonstrations this week.

A vandalised building at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

DURBAN - The South African Democratic Students' Movement (Sadesmo) has questioned whether students are really behind property being vandalised at some University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses, saying the acts happened at night with security meant to be monitor the area.

The Howard, Durban-Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses have been rocked by demonstrations this week, which saw the burning of a library and the torching of several vehicles.



Students there are demanding immediate free education and for the decolonisation of institutions, accommodation and better policies around rape on campus.

Sadesmo has held a briefing in Durban, where it condemned the arson, but insists private security has been harassing students on the instruction of university management.

The movement's Sbongakonke Mhlongo says private security have been harassing students, while a student was also allegedly raped during demonstrations.



Mhlongo has questioned whether students are to blame for the damage to property.

"There are cameras there. Maybe I should question, as much as we are saying we don't believe students can do that - but security is there."

The Inkatha Freedom Party Students' wing has called on the university to declare how much it is spending on security - and not to chase away stranded students affected by the institution's closure.

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