- Protests at the two University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses have taken a turn for the worst
- Students have been protesting over outstanding debts, which has prevented many from registering for the new year's studies
- A security building has since been set alight, with a heavy police presence watching over the situation
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Protests at the two University of KwaZulu-Natal campuses have continued on Wednesday, with the situation apparently escalating.
News24 reports that a security building was set alight with police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker commenting:
"They (students) were seen carrying petrol bombs and stones. The security guards fled the scene and returned a short while later to find the security officers' building set on fire. The suspects fled the scene prior to the police's arrival. A case of arson and public violence is being investigated."
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Students gathered on the Howard campus in the early hours of the morning, disrupting registration points:
"They forced other students to join them. The crowd grew to around 1 000 students. They moved to Princess Alice Street and set DSW (Durban Solid Waste) bins on fire on the road. Registration has been suspended. The situation is tense. There has been slight damage to UKZN property."
The police are closely monitoring the protests, pledging that 'appropriate action' would be taken when crimes are committed.
Briefly.co.za reported that students are expected to pay 15% of historic debts in order to register for the new year, an impossible feat for many students with large outstanding amounts.
University spokesperson Ashton Bodrick has slammed the protests as 'criminal behavior', calling on students to reconsider the damage being done to campus:
"Inasmuch as we respect the students' right to protest, there is no excuse for any act of violence and damage/destruction of valuable university resources and property. Perpetrators found engaging in criminal behaviour will be arrested and apprehended."
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