Social media is abuzz with a video of a UKZN student who was allegedly shot this morning on the Pietermaritzburg campus, however, police have confirmed that no live ammunition was fired.
Zinhle Masangwana, a UKZN science student, sustained a nasty wound to her right arm when police allegedly stormed the Malherbe Residence building. Masangwana was carried from the building by angry students shouting “this was not a rubber bullet,” and “she was not striking.”
But, provincial spokesperson for the SAPS, Colonel Thulani Zwane said that no live ammunition was fired by police. “Rubber bullets and tear gas were used to disperse the crowds after they became violent and started throwing stones at police and passing cars,” said Zwane. The students were spread all over campus, striking in groups of about 20 and the tear gas was used to disperse the crowds. Four student have been arrested for public violence.
“We appeal to students to come forward and report injuries so that we can investigate further,” said Zwane.