HIGHER Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has asked the management of the University of KwaZulu-Natal to tighten up security at its campuses.
This follows the torching of a student residence – The Oval – at UKNZ’s Westville campus this week.
“The destruction of university property is a criminal offence and all those engaging in such acts must be arrested and face the full might of the law,” said Nzimande.
Nzimande has urged university management, working together with law enforcement agencies, to swiftly bring those responsible for ‘this shameful’ and ‘outrageous act’ to book.
Higher Education spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi said: “The Minister Nzimande further calls upon the university community – both students and staff – to isolate, identify and expose these criminals who continue to vandalise the university property.
“The minister further said that these criminals must be totally removed from our institutions as they do not deserve to be within our institutions, but belong to jail.”
Details of why the building was set alight are not yet clear.
(COMPILED BY INSIDE EDUCATION STAFF)