BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has started investigating the shooting of Shaeera Kalla, a student leader at Wits University.
It was yesterday that police reportedly, at close range, fired rubber bullets at the student leader and other protesting students at Wits’ Braamfontein campus.
According to reports, Kalla was shot multiple times in the back with rubber bullets during a FeesMustFall protest.
Speaking for the South African Police Service (SAPS), Brigadier Sally de Beer related that the Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane has already instructed that the facts of the issue be established.
He precisely directed that the circumstances which led to the incident and the extent of the injuries sustained be uncovered and authenticated.
Brigadier De Beer said any police officer found to have contravened the law will be dealt with. In line with that, she urged police officers to exercise maximum restraint and act within the confines of the law.
“Our approach and management of the situation around campuses must be characterized by discipline and the proportional use of force,” she remarked.
Meanwhile, Parliament’s education committees have praised the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) for proving financial aid to poor students attend university.
Connie September, the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training said it is obvious NSFAS initiated good plans to make education affordable.
“What is encouraging is that NSFAS continues to look for alternative ways of raising funds. When there is movement, it is important to accept and acknowledge that work is being done.
“We welcome the reassurances and the commitment from NSFAS that, following the Minister’s announcement on fees, again, no student will be denied access on financial grounds to university next year. This is reassuring and is the information that poor students need to understand,” September stated.