Violence flares up at UKZN once again as students resume protests

Violence flares up at UKZN once again as students resume protests

- Violence has once again erupted at the University of KwZulu-Natal at the Westville campus

- Students blocked roads to the university and attacked a professor during the protests

- This comes as students fight against financial exclusion after the university refused to accept those with outstanding debt.

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal is once again under siege with protesting students blocking access to the premises.

IOL reports that a professor was attacked with a brick during the violence, with students climbing on top of anti-riot vehicles dispersed to the scene. reported that the previous protests had been sparked when the university refused to accept students until 15% of their debt was settled.

The university had released a statement condemning the violence that saw some buildings burnt down, adamant that no further concessions could be made.

Staff is reportedly concerned that the campus cannot ensure their safety, with one person commenting:

“Management is acting like things should continue as normal. There is no directive on whether the campus is open or closed. Instead, staff were advised they should attend campus but use alternative routes because University Road is blocked."

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With students fearful of attending classes due to the unrest, the staff is having a hard time educating those who were accepted.

Metro Police Superintendent Boysie Zungu says that it is unclear what the protests on Wednesday are about, with the previous protest prompted over NSFAS. Nevertheless, Zungu says the situation is under control:

“We have deployed our members. The situation is under control. They will continue to monitor the situation."

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