Police confiscate shotguns from TUT campus security after student shot

TUT’s hired campus security used live ammunition on protesting students yesterday.

Police have opened an attempted murder case at TUT where a student has been shot with live ammunition. Picture: Victor Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confiscated eleven shotguns belonging to campus security at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)'s west campus for ballistic testing as part of an investigation into an incident where a student was shot on campus yesterday.

Police's Brigadier Sally De Beer has confirmed that TUT's hired campus security used live ammunition on protesting students on Thursday.

She says 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.

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 De Beer says: "A security guard allegedly accidentally discharged a shotgun. It was live ammunition shotgun that was in a possession of the security guard on campus."

Police say investigations into the suspects' whereabouts continue.