TUT students to join national protest next week, says SRC

TUT SRC president Mike Mothiba said that they will be joining the national protests for free higher education next week.

A large group of South African Police Service (SAPS) officers disperse a group of students who were blocking roads during a protest in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on 10 March 2021. Picture: Emmanuel Croset/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Students at the Tshwane University of Technology called on President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele to ban the use of rubber bullets at protests.

The call comes after a bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba, was killed when officers fired rubber bullets during protests by Wits students last week.

A student was also wounded when officers allegedly fired at demonstrators in the Joburg CBD on Monday, but the SAPS claimed that none of its members fired shots during those protests.

TUT SRC president Mike Mothiba said that they will be joining the national protests for free higher education next week.

“We plead with Minister Bheki Cele and the president of the country to ban the use of rubber bullets on us innocent young people. We are doing a very peaceful protest, universities are doing peaceful protests, we condemn the use of rubber bullets.”

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