Damages are now being assessed after to two buildings were set alight at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s (CPUT) Bellville campus.
A building at the Cape Town campus was also torched, and classes have been suspended across all campuses.
The arson attacks occurred overnight and it's alleged that protesting students are responsible.
Officials have opened a case of attempted murder after two guards were allegedly locked inside a burning building.
University management has also squashed speculation that one of security guards passed away.
2 security guards based at BV were rushed to hospital this morning. 1 is in critical condition. Reports that guard has died, are incorrect— CPUT (@CPUT) October 12, 2016
Meanwhile, South Africans on social media have strongly condemned the arson attacks.
Below are some Twitter reactions:#CPUT reactions - Curated tweets by CapeTalk