Strong reaction to CPUT arson attacks as officials assess damage

CPUT officials are assessing the damage to two buildings that were set alight overnight.

CPUT officials on the ground confirmed a fire damaged the entrance at the Bellville campus security control centre. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

Officials are assessing the damage to two buildings that were set alight at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) Bellville campus.

University management has opened a case of attempted murder after two guards were allegedly locked inside a burning building.

Violence erupted at three of the institution's campuses yesterday. The arson attacks occurred overnight.

There's a strong police presence at the Bellville campus this morning.

Glass, bricks and burnt rubble litter the ground at the main entrance, evidence of the violence which has been blamed on protesting students.

The torched buildings have been cordoned off with police tape. On the inside, water spews out of damaged taps and pipes.

Classes have been suspended at all of CPUT's Cape Town campuses.

The university's Lauren Kansley says a building at the Cape Town campus was also set alight.


The future of students wanting to complete their academic year at South African universities hangs in the balance.

A handful of students arrived at CPUT's Bellville campus this morning, concerned about whether or not they would be able to complete their final exams this year.

A first year student, who has asked to remain anonymous, says it's concerning he may not be able to complete his final exams this year.

"We were on campus trying to find out whether we're still going to write exams. I have just spoken to one of our lecturers who said they'll see if they can find alternative venues for writing exams this year."

Despite the campus being closed, the student along with several colleagues turned up, at the institution looking answers from lecturers. But many faculty members didn't pitch up today.

Several meetings will take place during the course of the day to discuss the way forward.

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