A group of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Westville campus tried to torch a security quad bike, smashed several windows and ended up stoning police and private security today.
The incidents occurred on the day that the academic programme resumed following a spate of violent protests last week that forced management to again temporarily suspend lectures. “A group of students embarked on violent protest action and disrupted the academic programme on the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville campus this morning,” said Normah Zondo, acting executive director for corporate relations.
She said the students committed acts of “arson” and caused “grave damage” to university property, including buildings. One student was injured in the fracas and received medical attention at the university clinic.
“The protest action was led by EFF students (Westville campus) who were raising grievances outside of the discussion and formal agreement reached between management and the Central SRC, following two days of deliberations. It must be noted that the EFF students were part of all discussions and the formal agreement reached,” said Zondo.
She said university management “will not tolerate any criminal behaviour or the intimidation of staff and students.