Saturday 3 December 2016

Protesting students torch university buildings in South Africa

Published 25/02/2016 | 10:37

An administration block that included a science centre was burned down
An administration block that included a science centre was burned down

A university in South Africa is being evacuated and the campus shut indefinitely after protesting students torched buildings, destroying the administration building, a spokesman said.

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North-West University spokesman Koos Degenaar said that an administration block that included a science centre was burned down on Wednesday night.

Student protesters also burned the residence of a dormitory supervisor.

Mr Degenaar said the university in South Africa's North West province would be shut indefinitely and students still in dorms were being evacuated.

He said the violence started after a Students Representatives Council meeting was disrupted by protesters. The situation quickly escalated as private security guards tried to disperse the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Images on social media showed students injured after clashes with police and private security.

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