WATCH: UKZN will not drop charges against protesting students


DURBAN - The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will host a media briefing on the student protest action.?

JOHANNESBURG - The University of KwaZulu-Natal said on Friday it will not drop charges against some 22 students arrested for public violence this week.

At a media briefing on Friday vice-chancellor Albert van Jaarsveld said the charges would, however, be heard by a "neutral and independent legal person agreed to by both parties".


"This is in response to the perception from student leaders about trumped up charges. While the university would never participate in such activities, we have no objection to participating in an open and transparent process that is conducted with integrity," he said.

Van Jaarsveld outlined other steps the university would take about concerns raised by protesting students.

UKZN students have been protesting for two weeks over next year&39;s tuition fee hike.

They have damaged property to the value of more than R150-million, with buildings set alight this week.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela expressed concern about the destruction of property at the university.

Speaking at a church event in Pretoria, she said that, in her view, the "starting point to finding a solution on the fees challenge should be a national approach that isolates the specific cases of needy students, separating them from those of students coming from affluent families that can afford tuition or those sponsored by affluent companies."

Madonsela appealed to students across the country to stop the destruction of infrastructure and explore entrusting avenues such as her office with their grievances for solutions.

For the university&39;s full briefing watch the video above.