PE college denies using pepper spray on protesting students
Chaos broke out when Sasco members allegedly disrupted a Daso event at the college’s Zwide campus.
CAPE TOWN - The Port Elizabeth (PE) College has denied that security officials pepper sprayed students during violent clashes yesterday, despite a video which has been seen by Eyewitness News.
Chaos broke out at the PE College's Zwide campus when the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso) Student Representative Council (SRC) wanted to host an event on campus.
The African National Congress (ANC)-aligned South African Student Congress (Sasco) however disrupted the occasion.
SASCO and ANC members yesterday hurled stones at and attacked DASO members at the launch of DASO’s “My Safe Campus” initiative at PE College— DA Eastern Cape (@DAEasternCape) June 3, 2016
In the video, students can be seen trying to force their way onto the campus while others attempt to block them.
Then men, dressed in black, spray a substance thought to be pepper spray dispersing the group.
The DA's Yusuf Cassim says, "Daso was launching its 'my safe campus' imitative [and] upon arriving to do the event, Sasco members stoked violence and started throwing rocks at our vehicles and our members."
Cassim says Sasco members are disgruntled because Daso won 75 percent of the seats in a recent SRC election.
The college's principal, Khaya Matiso, says the incident is being looked into.