Reports have it that a state of disorder at the University of Zululand led to massive destruction of property.
You’ll recall that the university’s store rooms were set alight last week. This time, nine vehicles were destroyed.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the vehicles include three buses and a minibus-taxi were properties of the university.
Confirming this incident, police spokesperson Thulani Zwane disclosed that a case of malicious damage to property has been opened. Zwane however, added that no arrests have been made.
As learnt, the chaos was triggered by the wage issues between the management of the university and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).
Staff of the university have been on strike since the 15th of August after Nehawu and the university management failed to find a common ground on the wage issue.
Albeit, the institution partially continued its activities with the on-going Nehawu strike, the University of Zululand implemented a no work no pay policy.
Commenting, Sbusiso Mnguni ANCYL chairperson at the university, confirmed that the university is open but disclosed that most faculties stopped teaching after the Nehawu strike commenced.
According to Muguni, students of Zululand university want the management of the institution to resolve the issue immediately.
“We are very disturbed as students, we are not attending classes. Since we came back from holidays we have not attended classes. The post graduate students are not receiving proper treatment and some of the supervisors including my supervisor are saying that they are afraid to come to the institution because most of them are affected. As a result, the core business of the institution which is teaching and learning is stagnant,” Muguni stated.
Meanwhile, private security guards at the University of KwaZulu-Natal raided the William O’Brien residence in Pietermaritzburg this morning. The raid follows a fire outbreak at the residence. The fire reportedly destroyed a common room and entry hall.