By Magnificent Mndebele
On the 4th of November 2016 at 81 Rissik street at The Yards student accommodation, there was a pageant party for Ms. and Mr. The Yards 2016 which ended as a tragedy when a UJ student was suddenly shot in the head and died instantly on Saturday around 2.a.m.
The Open Journal understands that the ownership of The Yards had been changed, on Friday they launched a party to celebrate and welcome the new owners of the student accommodation, called AFHCO. The volume of the music increased, the crowds screamed loudly and the joy of welcoming the new owners was hard to resist- that joy lasted for about five hours and ended with an unforgettable grief.
Everyone in the pageant seemed to be high-spirited. When the contestants began to showcase their different outfits- which was showcased three times by both males and females. Despite the presence of the judges, the audiences themselves were also judging by screaming louder as a sign of appreciation and acknowledgement towards the excellence of the contestants.
The Masters of the Ceremony (MCs) of the pageant began to announce the top five- and the keenness of reaching the final stage began to mount. On the second selection- three people each from the girls and the boys had to be selected from the contesters, including Ms and Mr The Yards 2016.
However, when everything had settled at the party around 1:30 a.m. Then, students decided to go to the 14th floor of the building where there is a TV and playroom to further celebrate, but there, they met opposition from a private security guard who had not been wearing a uniform.
The private security guard or the “bouncer” as the students call him, has allegedly slapped students when they wanted to gain access into the playroom. But that confrontation between the students and the “bouncer” led to a tragedy. When the private security guard faced resistance from the unarmed students, the “bouncer” unexpectedly shot one student without warning, whose name in the meantime is withheld.
In that horrendous scene, the body of the young male fell on the staircase. Blood began to flow to the thirteenth floor like heavy rain drops, and leaving a gory scene adjacent to where the boy’s head had laid. This led to the joy of the students to turn into grief as the shooter ran away in clothes covered with blood.