EFF TUT students stabbed in campus res

2015-08-30 15:57

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Johannesburg - Two members of the EFF at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) were hospitalised after they were stabbed, had glass bottles thrown at them and physically assaulted.

The two students were attacked around 02:00 on Saturday morning at Orion House and Lezard House residences, the party's TUT Pretoria West branch secretary Thuto Nthulenyane said.

Nthulenyana alleged members of the SA Students Congress (Sasco) were responsible for the violence.

Sasco has admitted to the attack but has in turn blamed the EFF for prompting it by targeting one of its own.

Meanwhile, the university has since upped security at the campus and are investigating.

Nthulenyane said a group of EFF members had gathered at Orion residence to discuss the Student Representative Council election results. One of the members then got into a disagreement with another resident, who according to Nthulenyane, was not politically affiliated. Shortly after, the group concluded their discussion.

"So everyone was going to sleep, and around 02:00 they [Sasco members] come with two taxis [full of people] into the res, saying I must be murdered and removed. Luckily I snuck into my friend's room [before they arrived]."

Nthulenyane said his room was trashed. His TV was broken, his desk was turned upside down and his bed was thrown out into the corridor.

"On their way out, they met [EFF member] Mothusi Chauke in the passage. They decided to assault [him]. They beat him [with] glass bottles, he had to be hospitalised." He said Chauke had a cut under his eye and had to have about three stitches.

He said Sasco's claims that the EFF had sparked the violence by attacking one of their members, was a lie. He maintained that the initial disagreement had been with a student who was not "politically-affiliated".

He said the second student, Thina Magoro, was attacked at Lezard House residence.

"He was stabbed on the forehead. He was hospitalised and went to get stitches," Nthulenyane said.

Nthulenyane said the university had called an urgent meeting between both parties to address the violence.

Denying visitors’ access

Management had taken a decision to temporarily deny visitors’ access to residences until the situation calmed down, he said.

"We agreed to stop fighting." 

"We don't want it to get to a point where we lose a student [because of this,]" Nthulenyane said. 

Sasco's TUT branch secretary and a member of the incumbent SRC Lesego Phetlhe said Sasco members were only acting in response to an attack on one of their own.

"An EFF member physically assaulted one of our members. They slapped him, punched him and kicked him. It was around 21:00. Before he could even speak, we saw him bleeding.

"Then we went to those boys [to confront them] and they were hostile towards us, swearing at us and calling us names."

Phetlhe said it was that hostility that led to violence breaking out. He said the group only attacked one of the EFF members at Orion House residence, with "slaps and punches".

In the morning EFF members allegedly recruited local members off campus to assist them, but Sasco members managed to hide from them, he said.

Phetlhe agreed that both parties had met with university staff to address the violence, and agreed to stop fighting.

"All of us agreed to 'put down our guns' and focus on the common cause of representing the students," he said.

TUT spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said they were aware of the incident.

"We are investigating whether the perpetrators were students or not."

Read more on:    sasco  |  tshwane university of technology  |  eff  |  pretoria  |  politics  |  education  |  crime

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