Police shot student with rubber bullets at point-blank range‚ Wits SRC alleges

20 October 2016 - 16:17 By Penwell Dlamini


Several students have been shot with rubber bullets and stun grenades at the University of Witwatersrand on Thursday‚ according to the Student Representative Council. A Wits SRC spokesperson told TMG Digital: “We were on campus and police opened fire at the West Campus. Several students were shot [with rubber bullets].”Wits SRC said the students were protesting peacefully when police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse them.On its Twitter account‚ @WitsSRC alleged that student leader Shaeera Kalla was shot 10 times at close range with rubber bullets. They said her hands were up.We have found 1 more. 10 rubber bullet wounds at close range. While her hands were up saying we are peaceful https://t.co/WRF6NnSpG8 — Wits SRC (@WitsSRC) October 20, 2016async Another student dislocated her knee running away from police‚ the SRC said. "Students who were helping her were told by cops to leave her or they would shoot all."The Wits SRC also shared a photo of a student getting oxygen after the police action:Student leader Catherine, getting oxygen after cops tear gassed them while they were peacefully marching. pic.twitter.com/MMEYxvA8X4 — Wits SRC (@WitsSRC) October 20, 2016async Freigeist ‏@Raees_Noorbhai shared a video clip on Twitter:Police use stun grenades and open fire on group of peaceful demonstrators, continue to fire at injured students. #Witspic.twitter.com/1VqXmrpTCL— Freigeist (@Raees_Noorbhai) October 20, 2016async The students were advised of points where they could receive medical attention.TMG Digital previously reported on how a former student has teamed up with Wits University's medicine students to help injured students during the #FeesMustFall protests.The medic team comprises more than 20 students studying medicine.

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