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Heavy police presence as memorial for TUT student leader gets underway

Benjamin Phehla was knocked down by a vehicle last week during student protests.

Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

PRETORIA - There's a heavy police presence in and around the Tshwane University of Technology' s Soshanguve campus where a memorial service for student leader Benjamin Phehla is due to take place this morning.

Phehla was knocked down by a vehicle last week during student protests calling for free education.

Scores of students, family members and government officials have started streaming into the university's main hall to pay their last respects.

Police and private security can be seen patrolling TUT’s Soshanguve campus, in the event of any disruptions as mourners gather to bid farewell to Phehla.

Different student organisations have put their differences aside this morning to remember the student leader who was run over by a car just outside the campus, while protesting for free education.