UJ to address alleged brutality by private security guards

During a protest at Doornfontein campus, students & journalists were allegedly attacked by security officers.

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JOHANNESBURG - The University of Johannesburg (UJ)'s Progressive Staff and Academics Forum will this afternoon hold a briefing to address alleged brutality by private security officers.

During a "Fees Must Fall" protest last night, students and journalists were allegedly attacked by security officers at UJ's Doornfontein campus.

The university has said it's unhappy with the conduct of the guards, and will meet with the outsourced company today to discuss the allegations of brutality.

Students are protesting against universities being allowed to raise fees by up to 8 percent, despite assurances that poor students and those in the missing middle will be subsidised for the increase.

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Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) says any member of the public who believes the police have engaged in brutality, which amounts to assault, is entitled to open a case.

Officers have also been accused of brutality for their conduct at a protest at Rhodes University yesterday.

A video has emerged showing the officers shooting rubber bullets at demonstrating students, as well as dragging a protester along the ground before he was detained in the back of a van.

Ipid's Robbie Raburabu says the directorate will investigate any complaint that's reported.

"Police brutality can come in many form, to be more specific an assault. An assault can be reported to the police who will then report it to Ipid."

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