SRC slams presence of 'bouncers' on UJ campuses
UJ’s SRC has described security officials as bouncers after clashes at the Doornfontein campus.
JOHANNESBURG - The University of Johannesburg (UJ) SRC says private security guards don't belong on campuses and aggravate an already tense situation.
The student governing body has described security officials as bouncers following clashes at the Doornfontein campus yesterday.
Marching students and journalists were allegedly brutally handled by officials, claiming guards pepper sprayed and hit them.
While the university looks into the alleged acts of brutality, it will now also investigate the cause of a fire inside one of its lecture halls at the Bunting Road Campus.
The extent of the damage is still being determined.
UJ's SRC President Onwabile Lubhelwana says private security officials, whom he believes behave like bouncers, shouldn't be allowed on campus.
"It's the type of security found in other places such as nightclubs, not at universities. These are people who don't want to reason with you."
But the university's Kaamini Reddy says the presence of additional security has heightened the feeling of safety for many.
"Some of the visitors say they feel a little bit more secure haven't seen the additional security."
Students say they have been peaceful and don't understand why they were attacked yesterday.