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Protesting TUT students start fire outside Cele’s offices

The students are marching over the death of Katlego Monareng, who was shot dead, allegedly by police, when violence broke out at the Soshanguve Campus.

Protesting Tshwane University of Technology students gathered outside Bheki Cele’s offices in Pretoria demanding to be addressed by the Police Minister. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

PRETORIA - Police have had their hands full in the Pretoria CBD trying to control a crowd of students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Students have started a small fire outside Police Minister Bheki Cele’s offices.

They’re marching over the death of fellow student Katlego Monareng who was shot dead, allegedly by police, when violence broke out at the Soshanguve campus last week.

Students have started a small fire outside Cele’s office demanding he comes out and addresses them.

Hundreds of students are calling for swift action against those implicated in Monareng’s death.

Students have given police, who are overseeing this march, a stern warning.

“We found an R5 cartridge. So, they [police] must tell us who is allowed to carry an R5 cartridge in this country because this is a democratic country. And according to our understanding, no one is allowed to carry it.”

Although students were not impressed, Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi has accepted the memorandum on behalf of Cele.

MKONGI RESPONDS

Mkongi says his office has heard the concerns raised by students over the conduct of some police officers.

Mkongi says concerns around officers using excessive force on students during peaceful protests are receiving urgent attention.

“We have been raising this matter, but we don’t want live ammunition. So we don’t know how police can go to these institutions carrying the very same weapon that we’re saying they must not use.”

He says he’s also called the station commander of the implicated officers to account.

“They’ve given me a written report and I’m going through it but I’m going to compare that report to report that I’m going to get from Ipid.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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