With the death of a student during a protest at Unisa’s Durban campus, several issues arise. There is some doubt as to whether the young man, an asthmatic, died of natural causes or if he was fatally affected by police tear gas. That raises the further question of whether the police, who also arrested 10 protesters on charges of public violence, used excessive force. On the other hand, reports suggest that the protest had become dangerously violent, with stones thrown, vehicles damaged, and three policemen injured. Peaceful protest is a democratic right; rioting is not.