Two DUT students shot and injured during protests in Pietermaritzburg

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A file image of outside the DUT Indumiso campus.
A file image of outside the DUT Indumiso campus.

Two students were shot at with rubber bullets on Tuesday outside the Durban University of Technology's Indumiso campus in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, after protests broke out in the evening.

Speaking to one of the student’s grandmother, The Witness was told shots were fired by the police after some students started protesting outside the campus.

“My grandson was told to wait outside in a line as he tried to apply for residency at the campus. While waiting students were protesting outside the campus.

“[Police] then opened the gates and opened fire in all directions, firing rubber bullets,” said Phikisile Mchunu, adding that her grandson had to be admitted to Eden Gardens Hospital last night after being shot in the mouth.

Mchunu said the other student who was shot is her grandson’s friend. He was shot in the stomach and arm.

Queries have been directed to the DUT campus and this is a developing story.

*This article has been amended to fix an error. The student's mother had referred to the police, who were shooting at the students, as security guards, whereas she meant to say the police.
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