- The protests at the University of KZN have continued on Monday, taking a turn for the worse
- Rioting students set the HIV support centre at the Howard College campus alight
- The act of arson was carried out as lectures were set to start inside the school
The protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal have escalated, with students setting the Howard College campus' HIV support centre alight.
Briefly.co.za reported that the riots had been sparked by the university's refusal to allow students to register without settling 15% of their outstanding fees.
The Daily News spoke to police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, who explained the fire had been started as lectures were set to start.
The angered students have reportedly promised to burn down the university if they are refused registration.
Police had been forced to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of students armed with rocks and sticks.
During the protest, one student was allegedly hit by one of the bullets and rushed to hospital in the process.
Last week had seen a security control centre torched on the Westville campus, with university spokesperson Aston Bodrick condemning the incident.
Bodrick said that while he respected the students' right to protest, the situation did not excuse any act of violence or destruction:
"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."
The spokesperson was adamant that all incidents of assault, destruction and arson would be probed by UKZN's risk management services and police.
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