Chaos at the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Students burn furniture and appliances in protest against housing.

Students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Westville Campus took to the streets again Friday to protest against the poor conditions of their homes, a lack of transport, not receiving their NSFAS funding and bad wifi connection at the campus.

A student boycott of classes started early this week and led to the suspension of the academic program. According to the management of the university, the lessons were suspended in an attempt to restore peace and ensure the safety of students and staff.

The university reopened on Friday, but the lessons were soon disrupted after protests broke out. The campus was littered with bottles, stones, toilets and furniture and appliances. Students set fire to the nest, the appliances and the furniture. Water cannons were used to distribute them. Students repaid by throwing stones.

Police spokesman Nqobile Gwala said,

"The students gathered on the campus where they threw bottles at policemen and also blocked the access road at the university with furniture, so far 17 students have been arrested for public violence. & # 39;

A heavy campus security and SAPS presence is now on the spot. The clearing of the road has also begun.

Originally published by Nomfundo Xolo for GroundUp, August 17, 2018.

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