Student protesters torch a police van in Unizulu
No arrests have been made following a violent student protest at the University of Zululand (Unizulu) in Ongoye, northern of KwaZulu-Natal after they touched a police van on Monday.
The South African Police Service Spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala confirmed the incident and that a security vehicle belonging to security guards was also torched during the protest.
“A police van was allegedly set alight with a petrol bomb by violent protesters. It is alleged that while the police officers were busy dispersing students who were protesting the police van which was parked outside the campus was petrol bombed. Another vehicle belonging to the security guards was also petrol bombed,” says Gwala.
Gwala also added that police are still at the scene monitoring the situation.
On Tuesday morning, KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison urged university management to work with law enforcement and to protect non-protesting students.
In a statement by the University on Monday confirmed that it has closed its KwaDlangezwa campus, with immediate effect following violent student protests on Monday and requested students to vacate their residences.
“Due to the current acts of violence that include threats to human life, harassment, intimidation and destruction of property by students, the university management, in consultation with the chairperson of council, has decided to close the Kwa-Dlangezwa campus with immediate effect.”
Classes are still suspended till further notice at the University.
Picture: Zululand Observer