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UCT confirms vehicles petrol bombed on campus

The incident is under investigation and it’s unclear if the arson attack is linked to student protests.

FILE: University of Cape Town. Pictures: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - Four vehicles have been torched at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Lower Campus.

The university has this morning confirmed the vehicles appeared to have been petrol bombed.



The incident is under investigation and it's unclear if the arson attack is linked to student protests.

A student whose car was gutted says a friend alerted him to the fire. "This morning a friend of mine who lives in the Baxter residence called me because there was a fire behind the residence where we park our cars. I checked and the cars were on fire. Campus security was already there."

The university's spokesperson Elijah Moholola says four cars were set alight. "The university condemns this unlawful act on the strongest possible terms."

Yesterday, a number of vehicles were set alight at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Bellville campus.

It is alleged protesting students torched the vehicles.

It's understood they were unhappy with the outcomes of a stakeholder meeting held by management on Sunday night.



Police have advised firefighters and other emergency personnel not to enter the Bellville campus due to student volatility.