UCT private security blamed for 'escalating conflict'

2016-10-05 21:24
Security outside the Kramer building at UCT. (Paul Herman/News24)

Security outside the Kramer building at UCT. (Paul Herman/News24)

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Cape Town – Private security guards at the University of Cape Town escalated conflict during student protests, a Christian group claimed on Wednesday.

They verbally threatened and provoked students into retaliating, More Than Peace Observer spokesperson Johan de Meyer said in a statement.

Six members of the group attended UCT’s protest until the early hours of Wednesday.

De Meyer said UCT management made no reference in its statement on Tuesday night to what he claimed was the complicity of private security firms in “escalating and even causing eruptions of conflict”.

According to De Meyer, protesters caused minor property damage, started a fire on the plaza and threw stones during an altercation with private security guards.

He alleged that students were manhandled, even when it was unnecessary.

“One particular individual randomly fired plastic pellets into crowds of students on a number of occasions, at time when it was deemed unnecessary by observers."

De Meyer commended police for restoring calm on campus.

UCT spokesperson Patricia Lucas said the guards’ alleged behaviour was “deeply distressing”. They would investigate and ask witnesses to come forward.  

“If the charge is found to be substantiated, we will not hesitate to take formal disciplinary action.”


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