TUT KILLING FURY Cops deny fir­ing fatal shot when they in­ter­vened in SRC vote-rig­ging row

Pretoria News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - SAKHILE NDLAZI

sakhile.ndlazi@inl.co.za

AN­GRY stu­dents from the Tsh­wane Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (TUT) Soshanguve cam­pus have vowed to march to the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion ev­ery sin­gle day un­til the case of the stu­dent shot and killed had been re­solved.

The third-year law stu­dent, be­lieved to be a mem­ber of the Pan African­ist Stu­dent Move­ment of Aza­nia, was fa­tally wounded on Thurs­day night amid al­le­ga­tions of vote rig­ging dur­ing the TUT SRC elec­tions.

Ioid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, that they were called to the scene af­ter a pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer in the elec­tions had been held hostage and was as­saulted by stu­dents.

They res­cued the of­fi­cer but stu­dents bar­ri­caded the en­trance, throw­ing stones at the po­lice ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice claim to have fired shots at the ground but stu­dents blame them for shoot­ing and killing the stu­dent.

Thou­sands of stu­dents had the town­ship on lock­down yes­ter­day as they marched to the po­lice sta­tion. Traf­fic was dis­turbed and roads blocked. Some shops closed for the day as stu­dents marched past.

The stu­dents car­ried hand-made plac­ards with mes­sages such as “#Jus­tice for Katlego – the bru­tal­ity of po­lice and vic­tim­i­sa­tion of stu­dents shall end”. Oth­ers read “The cops are killing us” and “Enough is enough”.

Po­lice fired tear gas, stun-grenades and rubber bul­lets to dis­perse the stu­dents.

Armed po­lice manned the en­trance and a 30-minute stand-off be­tween them and stu­dents took place.

Po­lice, speak­ing on a loud­hailer, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der way, but the stu­dents were hav­ing none of that and pelted the sta­tion with stones.

Po­lice re­tal­i­ated with tear gas, stun-grenades and rubber bul­lets.

Some stu­dents fell down and were hurt in the clash.

Thabiso Sekowane, of South African Stu­dents Congress (Sasco), warned po­lice to brace them­selves for more protest ac­tion. “All the com­rades from all the stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions have agreed that we will make Soshanguve sta­tion un­govern­able un­til the po­lice­man that killed our com­rade is brought to book.

“If they want they can kill us all,” Sekowane said.

Po­lice have de­nied they shot any­one, say­ing that when they left the scene no­body was left hurt or dead. They say they only heard later that a stu­dent had been shot and in­jured.

Ipid spokesper­son Moses Dlamini said they were in­formed he died in an am­bu­lance on the R80, en route to hos­pi­tal.

A post-mortem was due to be held yes­ter­day at Ga-Rankuwa mor­tu­ary.

Chaos erupted on cam­pus at about 5pm on Thurs­day when a pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer was al­legedly caught try­ing to steal a box of bal­lot pa­pers.

Stu­dents wanted to at­tack him, but se­cu­rity guards in­ter­vened and took him to the safety of their con­trol room and called in po­lice.

An as­so­ciate of the man who died said they ar­rived to find him ly­ing on the ground out­side the cam­pus gate, bleed­ing from the ear.

They ar­rived to find the in­jured stu­dent ly­ing on the ground out­side the cam­pus and bleed­ing just above the ear.

Ac­cord­ing to Dlamini‚ po­lice were called in af­ter they were told that the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer was held hostage.

“The po­lice drove into the cam­pus in about 10 po­lice ve­hi­cles and they man­aged to res­cue the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer. On their way out of the cam­pus‚ the stu­dents al­legedly bar­ri­caded the en­trance of the cam­pus and started throw­ing stones at the po­lice and their ve­hi­cles.

“There were about 2 000 stu­dents‚ ac­cord­ing to Dlamini.

Stu­dents also set alight the in­sti­tu­tion’s ra­dio sta­tion yes­ter­day.

TUT vice-chan­cel­lor and prin­ci­pal Pro­fes­sor Lourens van Staden and the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment com­mit­tee were shocked at the death of a stu­dent out­side the Soshanguve North Cam­pus, said TUT spokesper­son Willa de Ru­tyer.

She said they had re­ports of dis­rup­tions dur­ing vote cast­ing at both the Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa cam­puses.

PIC­TURE: BONGANI SHILUBANE (ANA)

Soshanguve stu­dents from TUT hold up a plac­ard that reads ‘#Jus­ticeFor Katlego’. Stu­dents marched from Soshanguve North cam­pus to the East cam­pus dur­ing their protest af­ter a stu­dent was shot dead.

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