Students and staff at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa have engaged in rolling strikes and blockades after 560 UKZN students were left homeless after their temporary housing was found unfit for human habitation. Students spent at least one night out on the street and have reportedly been shuffled between rental accommodation in Durban's CBD.
The protests by the affected students turned violent at UKZN's Howard College campus yesterday, with reports of tear gas and rubber bullets in use by law enforcement.
UKNZ students pay R17 000 upfront for residence, and are outraged at the conditions they have been forced to live in.
The hostels accommodating the evicted students have also been found to be less than ideal. One third year law student commented to the media: "When you walked in you would find used condoms [and] blood stains on the beds."
"The bathrooms are filthy and disgusting, you're even scared to bath in there. I'm sick because I slept on the streets on Friday," she said.
The university has promised to move the students into new residences on Saturday and has obtained a court order banning students from protesting.