UCT opens arson case after university vehicle torched

The university’s Elijah Moholola says a sand-filled glass bottle that smelt of petrol was found at the scene.

Burnt remains of research bakkie of the Plant Conservation Unit at UCT. Picture: Twitter: @UCTLawStudents

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) has opened a case of arson after one of its vehicles was set alight.

The Toyota Hilux bakkie, used by students and researchers in the Geological Sciences Department, was torched in the early hours of this morning.

The university's Elijah Moholola says a sand-filled glass bottle that smelt of petrol was found at the scene.

"The university confirms that a UCT double cab bakkie, used by students and researchers, was destroyed by fire just after 3am this morning. No people were injured. Members of the UCT campus protection services were able to extinguish the fire before it spread further."