'There's a reason why we are burning', says protesting UKZN student

Protests at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal turned violent after security personnel and students came head-to-head.

Classes were suspended on Tuesday after gun shots were reportedly fired as campus and private security dispersed students who had gathered.

702's John Robbie spoke to one of the organisers of the protest action, Nandi, who explained their grievances.

While condemning vandalism and arson on campuses, the student leader said the university's silence on rape incidents and fee increments has left them no choice but to take action.

She said the university hasn't made an official announcement as discussions are still ongoing between university management, council and student representative council (SRC) members.

We've been told that it's going to be 8%. The university right now has been ducking and diving, they haven't given us straight-forward answers.

Nandi, UKZN student

What people need to understand is that it starts with the university. If we are able to get to the institutions then we can get to government.

Nandi, UKZN student

We don't want to be burning things, however, nobody is listening to us... There's a reason why we are burning.

Nandi, UKZN student

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