JOHANNESBURG – Independent Police Inspection Board (Ipid) said on Friday that it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident in which a student was killed at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
A student was shot dead on the TUT North Campus in Sohshanguve after battles that took place after a voting dispute with the student representative's voice on Thursday evening.
Witnesses of the SRC-fracas said that the police had shot at students with live ammunition and that one student was shot while another was injured.
Moses Dlamini, Ipid's national spokeswoman, said in a statement that according to the South African Police (SAPS) report, students reportedly held SRC elections during the day and police were called to the campus at about 6:00 pm. the presiding officer would have been taken hostage and abused by the students.
"The police drove the campus in about 10 police vehicles and they managed to save the presiding officer." On their way out of campus, students would have barricaded the entrance to the campus and threw stones at the police and their vehicles. were about 2,000 students, "said Dlamini.
"The police reported that they hit the ground with R5 guns and that when they left no one was injured, but police vehicles were damaged." The police were later informed that a student had been shot and wounded. "The student died in an ambulance route to the hospital on the R80 road, police firearms were seized for ballistic tests."
Dlamini said that the postmortem of the deceased student will be held on Friday at the Garankuwa mortuary and that the docket will be collected the same day for further research.
The university remains open, but safety is increased. TUT has not yet released an official statement.
Meanwhile, the ANC said it was very concerned about the accusations that the police had used live ammunition during the shooting incident, killing a student at TUT.
In a statement, the ANC urged students and university authorities to ensure that SRC elections were conducted peacefully and with integrity. It also called on the authorities to respect students' right to legitimate protest.
"In principle no ammunition can be used on the campus under any circumstances." We are convinced that law enforcement agencies will not leave a stone in the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this sad incident. "The ANC urges the authorities to ensure that this happens research is conducted and concluded with the greatest possible speed," said ANC.
"Our institutes of learning must be a home for political tolerance and free democratic engagements." Our commitment to freedom of expression and the right to protest must also find practical expression in these higher education institutions. "
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African news agency (ANA)