Cape Town - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Friday condemned the vandalism of university property following a spate of student protests around the country this week.
“The ministry is extremely concerned and strongly condemns the burning of the vice chancellor's office and the incineration of artwork paintings, including the fine work by Richard Baholo, the first black Fine Arts Masters graduate of the University of Cape Town in 1994,” Nzimande's office said in a statement.
“In a similar vein, we condemn the burning of a bus at Wits University on the evening of Wednesday (17th of February 2016).”
The ministry said while it acknowledged the cause of the unrest, students' right to protest “goes along with responsibility.
Nzimande's office also criticised similar incidents of damage to property and disruptions to operations at the University of the North West and the University of Pretoria.