EFF urges NWU students to stand firm against armed security guards

(@Ndo_RSA via Twitter)
(@Ndo_RSA via Twitter)

Johannesburg – The EFF on Wednesday called for the immediate removal of a private security company at the North West University.

According to the EFF, the security officers had used live ammunition on protesting students.

"There are never grounds, under no circumstances, to use live ammunition against unarmed and defenceless student protesters, let alone by private security personnel," said EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

"In a country with a recent history of massacre against workers in Marikana, armed private security cannot be allowed to deal with public order and protests."

It was understood that clashes between security guards and the students began shortly after the campus's new Student Representative Council (SRC) was appointed in the Great Hall.

Some students later took to Twitter to claim security officials had used live ammunition to disperse the students.

"We have more than five students shot with live ammo now in hospital," tweeted one person.

Teargas and rubber bullets

Others tweeted messages of condolences for the student they claimed was killed during the clash.

The university however, denied that a fatality had occurred at the campus.

Spokesperson, Koos Degenaar, told News24 the security officials had used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd of protesting students. 

Other Twitter posts, however, suggested that a student had been hospitalised after suffering a miscarriage.

Degenaar could later not be reached to confirm the incident. 

Meanwhile, the EFF called on the protesting students to "stand their ground".

"They must defend their campus against terrorists masquerading as campus security,"Ndlozi said. 

The EFF leadership was planning on meeting with NWU management to try and assist them in finding a resolution to the issues at the institution.

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