UKZN pleads with protestors to end violence: 3rd building set alight

UKZN pleads with protestors to end violence: 3rd building set alight

- The protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal continue to be marred by violence

- The third building since the beginning of the riots has been torched

- This time, protesting students burnt down a lecture hall at the Pietermaritzburg campus

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A third building has been burnt down in the University of KwaZulu-Natal protests, this time at the Pietermaritzburg campus.

IOL reports that students clashed with security guards who were unable to prevent them from setting a lecture hall alight at around midnight.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a security centre had been torched last week and an HIV treatment centre at the Howard College campus was also set alight.

Speaking on behalf of the university, Ashton Bodrick appealed to protestors to stop damaging property.

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Bodrick is adamant the university could make no further concessions to students who owe outstanding amounts without compromising the university's financial position to the point of bankruptcy.

In a statement issued to staff and students, Bodrick lamented the 'wanton criminal behaviour' on display.

Security measures have been put into place in an attempt to ensure studies continue as normal:

"Security has been further bolstered and every effort is being made to ensure that the Academic Programme proceeds as scheduled with no interruptions. It is imperative that we continue, as any loss of time will impact negatively on the academic calendar."

Bodrick appealed to the protestors to stop, calling for discussions instead of violence:

"To the protesting students, I appeal to you to stop the violence and allow space for consultation to take place. We have heard the student grievances raised and are actively seeking solutions to the current impasse at both an institutional and national level."

Chairperson Philly Mapulane also weighed in on the recent events, commenting that:

“It is a selfish act that robs future generations of a valuable asset simply because of disagreements with the university management. We call on law enforcement agencies to act to protect public properties."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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