- There have been violent clashes between EFF and South African Student Congress students recently
- The incident occurred outside the Durban University of Technology's Berea campus on Tuesday, 23 March
- The university has released a statement condemning the violence and stating that action would be taken
Clips of a violent brawl outside the Durban University of Technology have gone viral on social media. The students assaulting each other in the clips are reportedly affiliated with the EFF and South African Student Congress (Sasco).
Vice-Chancellor and Principal Thandwa Mthembu released a statement through the campus' Facebook page, condemning the violence that occurred on Tuesday, 23 March on Steve Biko Road in Durban.
Mthethwa stated that management would be taking 'drastic' disciplinary action against the students involved in the violent clashes.
A report by IOL stated that five students had been stabbed in the clashes and one suffered a broken arm after students trampled him. Below is the statement by the Durban University of Technology's principal:
Read some of the responses left under the statement below:
IMbaliyezwe YaMadikizela said:
"VC you are absent on campuses. Its this kind of arrogance, writing lousy statements in air-conditioned offices/homes that further agitate students. If you actually take a walk on your campuses and engage students, you would not need to be writing these lousy statements."
Mahlatsi Elomzi wrote:
"The English my God. Who are you writing to???"
Sabelo Osiris Mthembu shared:
"Says someone who is sitting at home drinking tea. Tell Thandwa to come on campus. I don't listen to what people say. No matter how much you protect your image as a business but you get paid by us.
"You pay your bills like NSFAS students. But you treat us like trash. You are defaming Steve Biko's name, the person who fought for us black people. You DUT you're doing the opposite."
Briefly.co.za has been reporting on the student protests which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba. Reports say that Ntumba had just walked out of a doctor's office when he was allegedly shot by a rubber bullet.
Another report about the protests revealed that a Wits University student had been injured during the nationwide protests against financial exclusion. SRC stated that the young lady had been shot in the knee and the bullet went right through her leg.
She was subsequently rushed to a hospital. According to the SRC, the police had opened fire at them without prior warning, which resulted in the wounding of the student
The protests started at Wits and ended up turning into a nationwide shutdown with 26 universities participating. The Tshwane University of Technology, however, stated that it would not be participating in the protests.
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