Wits protest: Two student reporters shot and injured

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Students at Wits University are protesting over registration related issues. (Photo: Fani Mahuntsi/Gallo Images)
Students at Wits University are protesting over registration related issues. (Photo: Fani Mahuntsi/Gallo Images)

  • Two Wits University student reporters have been shot and injured, the university has reported.
  • Three other students have been arrested, according to the university.
  • A man was later shot and killed, allegedly by the police.

The University of the Witwatersrand has reported that two student reporters were injured, allegedly when police opened fire on fees protesters outside its Braamfontein campus on Wednesday.

Three other students have been arrested and are being detained at the Hillbrow police station.

It is also alleged that police shot dead a man in Braamfontein. He has not yet been identified but it is believed that he is not linked to the protest. It is understood that the he was leaving a local clinic when police opened fire to disperse protesters.

Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

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Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said: "The university extends its condolences to the family of the deceased. The university condemns any form of violence and calls on all persons to keep calm during this very difficult time."

Patel said police were managing the situation when they received reports that suggested the deceased was caught in clashes between protesters and the police

"At this stage, the university does not have confirmation of the cause of his death," Patel added.

"… We are continuing to seek further information on this matter. The university has made available health and counselling services to students and members of the community who require assistance.

"The university notes with deep concern the escalation of the situation which is regrettable, and we call on all persons to remain calm during this difficult time. The university remains committed to seeking creative, peaceful solutions to any outstanding issues in the higher education sector," Patel said.

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