'He was gasping': Doctor recalls trying to save student protest shooting victim

Tebogo Sedibe is a doctor at the My Clinic health facility in Braamfontein and he recalled how he tried to save his 35-year-old patient after he was shot when police fired rubber bullets.

Protesters walk behind a forensic pathology service vehicle carrying the body of a passerby that was shot dead after South African police moved to disperse students protesting against refusal by a top Johannesburg-based university to register those in arrears with tuition fees, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on 10 March 2021. Picture: Emmanuel Croset/AFP

BRAAMFONTEIN - A doctor has described how he tried to save the life of a man who was shot and killed when police fired rubber bullets at protesting Wits University students in Braamfontein.

It’s understood that the man was shot right after being treated by the same doctor at the My Clinic health facility.

Forensic authorities have spent the day combing the scene and police watchdog Ipid is investigating.

Tebogo Sedibe is a doctor at the My Clinic health facility in Braamfontein and he recalled how he tried to save his 35-year-old patient after he was shot when police fired rubber bullets.

"My assistant called and I put on my PPE and went outside and I found him lying on that spot where he was."

Sedibe said that he did all he could to save the man’s life.

"When I found him he was gasping - that's a sign of the end of life. I tried to resuscitate him by doing CPR compression on him but unfortunately, it was not successful."

The death of this man has angered protesting students, who are now calling for Police Minister Bheki Cele to account for his death.

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