Students at the University of Limpopo are demanding safety

    The Mankweng campus of the University of Limpopo was shut down by mass protests on Monday as students rallied against a spate of violent crime affecting students of the university.

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    According to media reports, Mankweng police representative,  Mohlaka Mashiane said the protests came after a student was allegedly attacked at his off-campus residence over the weekend.

    “The student said he had gone to use the ablution facilities at around 03:00 when he was attacked and shot once.”

    Students protesting the lack of safety marched on the local police station, demanding better protection. According to some reports more than 10 students were killed in attacks at the university last year, with little intervention from university management.

    In response, university management has committed to improve the safety of the students.

    UPDATE: The Daily Vox spoke to Constable Mosima Makgaba of the Mankweng police station on Tuesday. He confirmed that investigations are still ongoing and that no suspects have been arrested.  

    “The student off campus was going from his room to the bathroom outside his room when he was surprised by the unknown suspect who shot him and ran away. Nothing was taken from the victim,” said Makgaba.

    The shooting took place at Mamotintane, where most off campus students stay. The area is notorious for robbers – Makgaba said that sometimes students who stay there are robbed and attacked.

    There has been a meeting between the SAPS and university management, however, Makgaba could not comment on the outcome of the meeting. The university spokesperson could not be reached for comment either.

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