Four UKZN students arrested

A university security building and a student vehicle have both been torched - allegedly by protesting students.

DURBAN - University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is counting the costs of violent student protests today.

Four students have been arrested for public violence.

A university security building and a student vehicle have both been torched - allegedly by protesting students.

Registration has been suspended at Howard College Campus, leaving hundreds of students stranded without a place to sleep. 

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University management says it is engaging with the students. 

"What we've done as the university is seat down , look at minimum criteria to assist students so that they can register.  Unfortunately there is a portion that students must pay. For example, at our lowest category,  15% of historical debt must be paid and that's where we start to have these issues," Ashton Bodrick, UKZN spokesperson, said.

Students are demanding that those who are owe the university money still be allowed to register.  Image removed.

"We are fighting that struggle and the elephant in the room in the UKZN is that we have a situation whereby the university is declaring that students must pay registration fee... and 15%. Now if i'm owing R78 000 it means I must pay registration and 15% of what I'm paying which students find it hard," SRC president, Sifiso Simelane said.

Howard College Campus remains closed and management says it hopes that registration will resume on Thursday.

Meanwhile, students have vowed to continue with their protest until their demands are met.

 

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