When the University’s spokesperson, Kgalema Mohuba was reached, he only confirmed that 2 students had been injured and were taken to the hospital.
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.
As they continued to march their next target was the Art Centre with the aim to stop any graduation process.
Other issues that were raised by him was the issue of “Bouncers” being removed from the University pending the rumours they would shortly become insourced.
Cases like mine are not scarce I was born in SA but because none of my parents have acquired citizenship, I couldn’t apply for an ID and automatically became an “international student”.
“Since the University has shattered the students’ leaders, there is no engagement. The only solution is to shut down the university,” said Zwelakhe Mahlamvu, a BA Humanities 3rd year student.
Meanwhile the shots continued to be fired, students were angry that they were shot at while they were unarmed.
The violence began on their return from the campus in Park Town when students were denied access to the Great Hall by the assigned campus security guards.
Amidst the police presence that monitored the situation, students were enchanting freedom songs outside the institution’s gate.