Since the beginning of last year, as part of the institution’s new safety measures, people’s cars are searched at the gates and students’ bags are searched at the library entrance.
Recently, several universities in South Africa have inaugurated interdicts which prevent disruptions and pre-empt the gathering of students within the universities’ premises.
One victim, Mafia Kane, 25, doing Electrical Engineering, whose trouser was torn apart when bouncers attacked him with batons in his back, tells the story of what transpired and how he was beaten by the bouncers.
The screams of individuals ring in the ears of UJ students as they were forcefully pushed and handled by campus security. Stains of milk can be seen on the floors where students were relieved from pepper spray burns.