UKZN probe ‘police assault’

2008-03-11 00:00

THE Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of KZN, Pietermaritzburg, want an investigation after police allegedly assaulted a group of students in one of the residences two Saturdays ago.

SRC president Mabandla Dlangamandla said students were watching drag racing in Alan Paton Avenue after a student welcome party at Malherbe residence.

Police, believed to have been called by local homeowners, arrived and allegedly chased students. They were then let into the residence by a university Risk Management Security (RMS) guard and allegedly assaulted students.

Dlangamandla said they want to know why the police were let into the residence.

The university has confirmed that four students submitted reports to the RMS after the party.

UKZN spokesman Professor Dasarath Chetty said the police allegedly entered the residence after a report of an assault. However, he said no such report was received by RMS.

“The matter is currently under investigation by campus security and the four students are being assisted by RMS to lodge formal complaints at the Alexandra Road Police Station,” said Chetty.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said no docket has been received from RMS yet.

sphumem@witness.co.za

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