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Lectures Continued On Wednesday At UKZN Despite Violent Protests on Campus

The University of KwaZulu-Natal says while violent protests took place on campus on Wednesday morning, lectures continued without any interruptions at carious campuses.

More than 120 students took part in a protest, damaging property and burning mattresses.

A 70-year-old professor was also was attacked by angry students upon entering campus in the morning.

He was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

Students are protesting against paying 15% of their historical debt

KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed the protests on campus, including a dozen students who climbed and attacked a police Casspir.

Gwala said a case of public violence had been opened for investigation by Westville South African Police Service (SAPS). 

“This morning at 05:00, a group of about 120 students gathered at UKZN Westville campus where they blockaded the road, burned mattresses and fridges,” said Gwala. 

UKZN’s spokesperson, Indu Moodley, said the University Academic Programme is continuing as scheduled on all campuses. “This morning one of the three entrances to the Westville Campus was blocked but has since been cleared. South African Police Services and University security are currently monitoring the situation,” he said.

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