The workshop which had been targeted was filled with ash, shattered glass and broken machinery.

Private security guards monitored the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Cape Town campus on Monday, after a workshop at the engineering building was petrol bombed in the early hours and exams were disrupted during a protest.

No one was injured.

Stun grenades were fired to disperse protesting students who were unhappy with the insourcing process and the suspension of four students.

However, not all students were on the same page. Some told pressmen they did not want the protest to happen.

They said they had tried raising their concerns with the protesting group but felt they had no voice.

“We are afraid to fail. Our parents are worried. Most of the days it is like we have been on vacation,” one of the students said.

“It is so unfair. If I could, I would strangle these people.”

She asked not to be identified for fear of victimisation. Individuals believed to be involved in the protest had earlier asked journalists not to speak to students.

By late Monday morning, the campus was almost deserted. Around 100 students sang and danced in a parking lot next to the campus before dispersing.

The SA Police Service (SAPS) and city traffic officials were also on scene.

The workshop which had been targeted was filled with ash, shattered glass and broken machinery.

The fire had been put out, but the stench of smoke coming out of the broken workshop window could be smelt a distance away.

“We believe attacks like these are an attempt by a small group of students to disrupt exams and wreak havoc,” said CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley.