Arson: University warns of action against perpetrators

South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal will not hesitate to take action against anyone involved in acts of violence, intimidation and the destruction of property, the institution said on Tuesday 22 August. The warning comes after the William O’Brien examination venue in Pietermaritzburg was set alight and completely gutted at around 10pm on Monday night, writes Lethiwe Makhanya for The Witness.

This comes amid student protests over the new direct payment, which has been adopted by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. The new payment system started at the end of June and students say there have been problems with it from the beginning.

When The Witness visited the campus on Tuesday morning, everything was quiet, with only a few students seen walking in and out of the campus. There was a heavy police presence monitoring the situation.
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