DUT student hospitalised in a Res protest gone south
An assault case has been opened after a student had to be hospitilised in a Kenrol Property, DUT residence, protest that ended in disaster.
On Tuesday night students residing at Kenrol Property, near South Beach, decided to protest as they felt their grievances are not being attended to. The protest resulted in the burning of bins and a student sustaining a concussion which was a result of being pushed. The student said she does not know if the man, VascoWiz founder which is the company that manages the building, was intentionally hosing the water on them when he was dousing the flames.
“I pulled the pipe from him and then he attacked me, the other students asked him why he attacked me. He continued spraying water but somehow the pipe was stuck on me, so he pushed me and I hit my head on the road,” the student said.
She said she does not remember anything after that. She only remembers waking up in hospital wearing different clothes.
“Since I was wet the other students told me they had to change my clothes before I was taken to hospital by ambulance,” she added.
The student was discharged the following day.
Detective Warrant Officer Mabhida of Point SAPS, where the assault charge was opened, said they found the charge lacking after reviewing the footage that VascoWiz gave to them. Mabhida added that the VascoWiz founder opened an assault charge against the students and a charge of damage to property (his car). According to Mabhida the state has opened a case of public violence against the students.
Nonjabulo Shangase, house committee candidate, said they are being disrespected.
“Akukho zinyane lemvube ladliwa zingwenya kacweba isiziba,” said Shangase.
Loosely translated this means one cannot go to a person’s territory and do as they please.
ViscoWiz said they cannot comment as the matter is sitting with SAPS.