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UKZN management condemns arson attack

The university has been one of several flashpoints for chaotic student protests.

FILE: Damage at the UKZN Westville campus after a fire. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Management at the University of Kwazulu Natal has described an arson attack at one of its residences as appalling.

The fire razed a common room and an entrance to the William O' Brien residence at the institution's Pietermaritzburg campus early yesterday morning.

The university has been one of several flashpoints for chaotic student protests.



Meanwhile, management at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) says that academic activities at the institution will continue despite ongoing protests for free education.

Yesterday some of the demonstrators moved off the Auckland Park campus and onto Kingsway Avenue where they blocked off traffic outside Campus Square shopping mall.

Students at the university have vowed to continue demonstrations despite managements warning that their protests are not permitted.

At the University of Cape Town, vice-chancellor Dr Max Price says if student protests persist, the rest of the academic year will be at serious risk.

Lectures at the university remain suspended for a second week.

Price says there will be consequences if the university remains shut.

"If we continue beyond the end of next week, we probably can't complete the academic year and that has rather disastrous consequences for the students themselves, as well as for the university."

The vice-chancellor says they're hopeful the number of demonstrators will be down by next week.

At the University of Witwatersrand, an investigation is underway into the death of a cleaner who inhaled fumes from an extinguisher which was set off during the protests last week.

The worker was treated on the campus before being rushed to hospital but died shortly after being discharged.