As business leaders settled down for a night in the cold on the Nelson Mandela Bridge for the Sun International CEO SleepOut, university students took up protest action late yesterday afternoon in Braamfontein, which led to police firing rubber bullets and throwing stun grenades.
One of the students was seriously injured after a rubber bullet hit him in the face, the Northcliff Melville Times reports.
A student leader, who spoke under condition of anonymity, explained he protest was a combined effort of Wits, UJ, Rosebank College and Damelin students and was led by the student body of the EFF. He described how the students were protesting against the high cost of student accommodation at South Point in Braamfontein and alleged that the building was not serviced. He said students were forced to share a room meant for one person and that the elevators often did not work.
“We handed in a memorandum on Monday and the management did not respond, since we want our problems to be resolved, that is all,” he said.
He said the students were surprised that “stun grenades and rubber bullets were shot at us”. Other media reports said that the police fired rubber bullets when the students attempted to access the Nelson Mandela Bridge where the CEO SleepOut was taking place.
The student who was shot in the face was taken away by members of the Metro police. Traffic in Braamfontein came to a standstill as students ran through the streets.
At the time of publication, police comment was still not available.
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I'm totally behind Braamfontein protest over all the apartments there…that place is expensive af
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