Student protest

2008-08-23 00:00

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. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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