In this video captured on the Mahikeng campus of North West University, a man with an apparent head wound holds a cloth to his bloodied face. Next a security van drives past and armed personnel walk across the grounds.
Security guards and police can be seen patrolling the campus and one man in khaki clothing prowls the scene, firing shots. An eyewitness speaking to Vox FM described events on campus. Tens of students appear in the background of the frames.
NWU Mafikeng campus management loves the spill of blood of the oppressed, it satisfies them. pic.twitter.com/Gy0nQG1zMr— Guy you forgot about (@Ndo_RSA) February 24, 2016
In the Daily Vox interview an eyewitness says students attempted to disrupt an inauguration ceremony on campus in the morning. The new Campus Student Representative Council (CSRC) appointed by management was set to be sworn in on Wednesday. However, some of those unhappy with the suspension of a former CSRC member attempted to disrupt the day's proceedings.
The former president of the CSRC Linda Mabengwane disputed claims he had caused disruptions on campus that led to violent clashes between students and campus security.
PUKfm 93.6 issued a statement on its Facebook page saying that the NWU spokesperson Louis Jacobs confirmed "security dispersed the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas." The same text reads, "some students have been hospitalized due to injuries."
You can listen to the interview from the Daily Vox below.