Durban - Police Minister, Bheki Cele has bowed down to pressure from protesting University of Zululand students who demanded he meet with them following a week of violent protests that saw students torch a police station, block roads and prevent neigbouring schools from opening following the shooting of a student during a house robbery off campus.
The shooting incident sparked a mass protest by UniZulu students who this week went on the rampage. They set a satellite police station in KwaDlangezwa alight, blockaded the R102 with tyres, trees and stones demanding that the university improve security off campus. The students also disrupted teaching at three local high schools after convincing pupils at the schools there to join their protest.
Chief among the student demands was that Cele meets with them so they could tell him their issues with security in and around the campus.
On Thursday, Cele acceded to the students demands for a meeting.
In a statement after the meetings the minister's office said that Cele condemned the school closures and arson calling it unacceptable. “This is an act of criminality, those schools must be opened and pupils can’t be punished for issues they know nothing about. The authority of the state cant be disrespected, no matter what the complaint is, those who have burnt the police station must be brought to book,” he said.