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Police arrest UKZN fire suspects

The leadership of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) applauds law enforcement agencies for the swift arrests made in connection with the arson attack at the Oval student residence at the Westville Campus in Durban. This is the same building that is in the process of being closed due to severe health and safety regulation breaches that the university is currently dealing with. Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack.

Two arrests have already been made, and more arrests are expected soon in connection with the torching of the building in the early hours of Sunday, 11 October. Investigators said the two (currently unregistered) students, aged 24 and 25, are facing trespassing, arson and attempted murder charges.

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku, said the arrests should sound a warning to criminals masquerading as students at our campuses. Such individuals have no place in our modern society, let alone on our university campuses. The university community stands as one in condemnation of this senseless, criminal act.

The university calls on anyone with information to come forward by contacting the University’s Risk Management Services (RMS) to assist with our continuing investigation. Information can also be sent confidentially and anonymously, 24/7, to Tip-offs Anonymous, through the following channels:

  • Toll-free: 0800 203 285

UKZN management also welcomed the support of all stakeholders, internal and external, during this time. The incident has received widespread condemnation from various stakeholders.

Normah Zondo, Acting Executive Director: Corporate Relations

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