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VUT to study CCTV footage in hunt for ‘arsonists’

Yesterday, a university storeroom was set alight as well as a section of an unused residence.

Students demonstrating near one of the Vaal University of Technology residences. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) says it will go through CCTV footage to identify those behind acts of arson during protests at the institution.

Yesterday, a university storeroom was set alight as well as a section of an unused residence.

While no arrests have been made in connection with the arson, 17 people have been arrested for allegedly protesting violently.

The VUT's Mike Khuboni says the university is confident it will be able to identify those behind yesterday's arson acts.

"Fortunately for us we have a state of the art CCTV camera at campus, we will be able to identify students who were involved in the arson attack."



The institution says students haven't approached it to make their demands clear.

But attempts are underway to organise a meeting between students and management.

However, students involved in today's protests say they won't attend any meeting unless it is held publicly.

POLICE PRESENCE INCREASED AT VUT

Meanwhile, police at VUT say a student hospitalised following yesterday's protests is under official guard.

Officials are monitoring an out-of-use residence that was partially torched last night.

Police say they are confident their increased presence today will prevent the protests from turning violent.



Police spokesperson Fikile Funda says a student was rushed to hospital last night after being injured while running from police.

"A student fell and injured himself while running from police."

Sixteen others are in police custody ahead of their court appearance for public violence and contravention of a court order.

Today, police increased their visibility and are acting quickly to disperse protesting students.

No serious incidents have been reported since protests started again today.

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