UKZN’s students clash with police’s Mi7 unit in Westville

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN’s) students went on protests during which the clashes with the tactical response unit, Mi7, erupted at Westville campus on Tuesday.

In the video making rounds on social media the students can be seen stoning Mi7 members who advance towards them in the main quad.

“Members of the public order police were en route to the university to assess the situation,” the metro police spokesperson, senior superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, informed.

The incident follows unrest at the university last week and at the Howard campus on Monday as the protesting students burnt furniture and blockaded entrances.

According to UKZN SRC president Sanele Hlongwa, the protesting students complain about the registration period and the student residences.

On Thursday, during a scheduled meeting, the SRC and the university executive management committee agreed to extend the registration period to this week.

However, the outcome of the meeting with the vice-chancellor, aimed at addressing the student residence issue, was unclear.

This is a developing story. More information to follow.

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