12 more students were arrested on the Westville campus of UKZN

Twelve more students were arrested for public violence on the Westville campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Police spokesman Captain Nqobile Gwala told News24 that the students were arrested during violent clashes with police and Mi7 guards on campus

"Two guard houses were set on fire, but no injuries were reported," she said.

The students used various objects, including furniture, to block the main road between the Oval and the P Block houses

Gwala added that the furniture of the university and some doors were damaged during the protest.

The students would have scratched security officials with stones.

Water cannons and tear gas were used to disperse the students, Gwala said, and situation was now calm.

READ: Quiet situation on the Westville campus in UKZN after violent protests about WiFi and NSFAS administration

The university told News24 Wednesday that the academic program on the Westville campus only on Friday would be resumed after this week's protests.

The protest began on Monday after students had raised problems regarding the management of the National Student Finance Scheme (NSFAS), shuttle schedules, WiFi connection problems and facilities in some homes.

Seventeen students were arrested for public violence on Monday, while one was arrested on campus on Tuesday.

University spokesman Normah Zondo said on Friday that the academic program had to be suspended

"This is a group of students who have barricaded roads, damaged property and disturbed lectures.The university is busy assessing the damage. 19659002] She said that the university's Risk Management Services and the police had helped to spread the demonstrators.

"Twelve students were arrested for public violence," she confirmed.

She said management would remain committed to the leadership of students in an attempt to resolve the grievances.

"Students are encouraged to continue their academic duties at home and every effort is made to restore the academic year," she said.

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