Priest injured during #Fees2017 protest due for x-rays, surgery

Father Pugin was struck by a rubber bullet as he tried to protect students running into his church for safety.

Father Graham Pugin was struck by a rubber bullet on 10 October 2016 as he tried to protect students running into his church for safety. Picture: Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG - A colleague of a priest who was shot in the mouth with a rubber bullet during yesterday's violent protest says he's going for surgery this morning as doctors try to establish the extent of his injury.

Father Graham Pugin was struck by a rubber bullet yesterday as he tried to protect students running into his church for safety.

His friend and colleague, Father Russel Polet, says doctors fear the rubber bullet may have caused damage to his jaw.



"They're a little bit worried that it could have damaged the jaw and cracked his tooth, so he's going for x-rays this morning but otherwise he's okay."

He says Father Pugin is doing well and worries only about the students.

When asked if Father Pugin would press charges, he said, "The main thing Father Pugin is saying at the moment is he's not concerned about that, he just wants people to calm down and to come to a table because otherwise the standoff is not going to get better."