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Tshwane University of Technology‘s management says Katlego Monareng‘s family is still traumatised.  The third year student was shot dead allegedly by police.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stanley Mukhola had to deliver the news to the family in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga last Friday.

Spokesperson for the South African Union of Students, Thabo Shingange says we need to interrogate and ask what is live ammunition doing on their campuses, “what are police doing on our campuses in matters concerning the internal arrangements of student governance.”

“We know that there was live ammunition on the site which is inappropriate in the context of a public protest,” says Hugo Van Der Merwe, from the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

Classes have been suspended for the remainder of the week to mourn Katlego’s death.

Meanwhile, a memorial service for the Tshwane University of Technology student will be held on Thursday.

Monareng was allegedly shot by police during a protest at the Soshanguve campus over Student Representative Council (SRC) vote rigging and election fraud.

The police have since denied the allegation but the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is investigating the incident.

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