KZN Students Torch Vehicles In Protest Of Possible Fee increases


Not fewer than six vehicles were torched by students at the Westville campus of KZN university.

The students reportedly torched the vehicles in protest of possible fee increases and inadequate accommodation at campuses.

According to reports, the protests first erupted at the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses.

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BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that three of the torched cars belong to the university whereas the others are properties of two security establishments.

The cars were set alight last night outside KZN University Risk Management Centre.

Confirming this, police spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane divulged that the police arrested 13 people during the Howard College campus protests.

The torching of the vehicles came after the spokesman of the university, Lesiba Seshoka released a statement saying the university security, police and the Public Order Policing Units dispersed students protests.

Seshoka in the statement urged students to indicate their grievances in an appropriate manner.

“Students are urged to follow established protocols and raise any issue of concern with their respective SRC representatives. The University is committed to engaging with students to address their grievances,” Seshoka promised.

He indicated that the university is in possession of a High Court Interdict which prohibits unlawful protests, disruptive gatherings, demonstrations, mass action, intimidation or any violent act to persons or property at the entrance and premises of University campuses.

And thus, warned that the security at the university is strengthened to stop activities that will disrupt academic schedules at the institution.

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Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance party demanded of President Zuma to protect poor students from the 8% fee increase.

Asserting that fee increases cannot and must not be carried by poor students, the party called on President Zuma to urgently make available the R2.5 billion it will take to assist students with the 8% increase.

“We believe this amount can be found by re-prioritizing existing budgets and by getting our spending priorities right,” DA counseled.