- This week has been a chaotic one for some South African universities
- On Wednesday, students at the University of Limpopo demanded an on-campus bar for their 'safety'
- Meanwhile, videos of another fight between students and a hired security company sufaced online
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Classes were interrupted by protests calling for a student bar on campus, The Sowetan reported. According to the SRC Secretary-General, Thabiso Molepo, students are getting "stabbed left, right and centre":
"We are not saying they must drink - or promoting that - but we know that they are already drinking, so we want them to drink in a safe environment."
He went on to explain that they deal with such cases weekly, adding that last year a student was stabbed to death and others were seriously injured or sexually assaulted.
A video of Molepo addressing the crowd was shared on social media by Solly Malatsi. The DA national spokesperson did not share Molepo's views.
"SASCO disrupted classes today at the University of Limpopo because they demand a students’ bar. Of all the pressing issues students face there, a students' bar is the number one priority for SASCO! Talk about skewed priorities!" he captioned the video.
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Acting university spokesperson, Johannes Selepe, confirmed that the protesters were demanding a bar; however, he did not shed light on whether or not the university was planning on complying with their demands.
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Meanwhile, another video was posted on social media which shows a scuffle between students and security officers.
Briefly.co.za learned the video was filmed at the university of Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (Medunsa).
The video was shared on Twitter by @RialivhuwaMakh1, who captioned it:
"We need urgent help at Medunsa. Health students about to perish in the hands of a hired security company at Sefako Makgatho Health sciences University (Medunsa)."
Another video showed an injured medical student being carried by fellow students.
More videos of the incident at Medunsa were shared and it was alleged that the guards were shooting at the students. However, it is yet unknown what sparked the fights and shooting at the university.
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