'Shootings' lead to FET crisis meeting
Students were protesting after a bursary dispute
THE management of Ehlanzeni FET in Nelspruit was yesterday afternoon locked in a meeting with their counterparts from the college's Mapulaneng campus in Acornhoek following the alleged shooting of four students by police during a protest on Tuesday.
Senior Ehlanzeni officials descended on the Acornhoek campus to discuss, among other things, the shooting of the four and the reasons that led to the protest.
An official from Ehlanzeni, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the meeting, which he said was called to resolve problems at the institution.
The drama allegedly unfolded when students wanted answers to questions about their bursaries.
Many claimed they did not know how much money they had already spent nor what their balances were, if any.
The students allegedly stoned police who were called to restore order. The official said the students damaged the windows of a number of buildings.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi, who neither confirmed nor denied the alleged shootings, said: "The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating. The police arrested two students who will face charges of public violence and malicious damage to property."
A student leader, who refused to be named, claimed the police had provoked the students and confirmed that the students who had been shot were admitted to Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek.