CAPE TOWN - Protests have flared up at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Monday, with reports of some students trying to force others out of classes where they are due to write exams.
The university, which earlier reported that students are struggling to access certain facilities, including the Roeland Street building, later stated that "all CPUT campuses remain open and operational despite an arson attack on our Design Building in Cape Town during the early hours of (Monday) morning.
"We believe petrol bombs were used to set fire to a number of classrooms, but private security and the Fire Department managed to get the situation under control before the fire could cause more damage.
"We believe attacks like these are an attempt by a small group of students to disrupt exams and wreak havoc, and while this may be unsettling, CPUT management has been firm that the institution remains open and exams must continue."
Security guards are reported to have fired teargas to disperse protesting students.
CPUT City Campus RN, Students Being Chased Away By Private Security pic.twitter.com/l6KLvN7xo9— SZ PHOTOGRAPHY (@Simelane_Zatu) September 11, 2017