The Democratic Alliance Students’ Organisation (Daso) is demanding a re-run of the SRC elections on the Soshanguve campus of the Tshwane University of Technology.

This follows an outbreak of violence, after allegations of voting irregularities where one student was killed.

It is alleged that Katlego Monareng died on the way to hospital after police allegedly fired live ammunition at protesting students.  Police watchdog Ipid has undertaken to investigate the matter.

Daso member, Thabo Malusi says,” As a black child, one is an investment to the family. You must come and develop the family and the community as a whole but the police that are supposed to protect the community, must come and kill our students. There was no need.

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor has also weighed in, “Any loss of a student’s life is a tragedy for our country, for my department and of course for the families of the students. And so, I really appeal that we must stop violence on our campuses.”

The spokesperson for Ipid, Moses Dlamini has confirmed that they are investigating the matter.

“The police report that they fired on the ground with R5 rifles and that when they left no one was wounded, but police vehicles were damaged. The police were later informed that a student had been shot and wounded. The student died in an ambulance en route to hospital. Police firearms were seized for ballistics testing.”

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