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University management says UKZN students have themselves to blame

At least 20 students were arrested on Tuesday after protests erupted at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)'s Westville Campus.

UKZN officials say protests were initially sparked by possible fee increments for the next academic year, although no increase has been announced.

In addition, students tabled another list of demands, such as dropping criminal charges against students involved in previous protests, which the university says it could not agree to.

UKZN's Lesiba Seshoka says that university management believes that students were the instigators in the violent protests that erupted.

Seshoka says the students have themselves to blame and should not pass the buck onto anyone else.

We could see them coming out of their residences, throwing stones, and basically burning the property... They must take full responsibility.

Lesiba Seshoka, Executive Director of UKZN Corporate Relations

According to Seshoka, all indications show it was students who caused damage to the law library, residence, buildings and vehicles on campus.

At the same time, UKZN's SRC member Mandla Dlamini says that it remains unclear who is responsible for the vandalism on campus.

He says that police have failed to produce evidence, after they arrested students who were meeting peacefully.

He says that the South African Police Services officers brutally attacked students without any provocation and were captured on camera.

Dlamini says that the SRC condemns violence and will let the legal court system take its course.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:


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