CPUT building petrol bombed

The attack occurred early on Monday morning.

FILE: The Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) Cape Town campus. Picture: CPUT.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - There's been an arson attack at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Cape Town campus.

The attack occurred early on Monday morning.

Security has been bolstered on campus.

CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley: "Campuses remain open and operational despite an attack on a design building in Cape Town during the early hours of the morning. We believe petrol bombs were used to set fire to a number of classrooms but private security and the fire department managed to get the situation under control before the fire could do more damage."

Last month, the institution was forced to close its Cape Town campus due to protests over student accommodation.

Protesters forced staff and students out of buildings and started a fire in a hall.

A student explains what sparked the latest protest.

"Protesters were shutting down the CPUT campuses... also in Bellville where people were thrown out of their exam venues. The reasons for it were that there were protests because people were promised residences and they never got it."