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Attempted murder case opened after TUT security used live ammunition during protest

Police say campus security allegedly accidentally discharged live rounds when clashes broke out.

FILE: Students from the Tshwane University of Technology demonstrating in Pretoria CBD. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed that Tshwane University of Technology's (TUT) hired campus security used live ammunition on protesting students this afternoon.

They say campus security allegedly accidentally discharged live rounds when clashes broke out between students and police.

This comes as student representatives at various universities have been pushing for their respective campus management to fire the hired security as they feel unsafe around them.

Police in Pretoria have opened a case of attempted murder after the hired campus security at TUT discharged live ammunition on protesting students.

Brigadier Sally De Beer says the security guard allegedly accidentally shot the student and then fled the scene.

The student has been admitted at a nearby hospital with wounds on his leg and buttocks.

Brigadier Sally De Beer said, "A security guard allegedly accidentally discharged a shotgun. It was live ammunition that was in the possession of the security guard on the campus."

Police say investigations into the suspects whereabouts continue.