NURSES HURT AS STANDOFF TURNS UGLY

THREE student nurses were injured when police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesting Western Cape College of Nursing students yesterday, Cape Town police said.

THREE student nurses were injured when police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesting Western Cape College of Nursing students yesterday, Cape Town police said.

The police were called in when a standoff between students and guards turned ugly, with students pelting guards with stones, Inspector November Filander said.

"Five security guards sustained minor injuries when the students attacked them. Three students were also injured," he said.

When the police arrived, "the protest became public violence." Filander said nine students were arrested and will appear in the Athlone magistrate's court today.

Nehawu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said the private security guards had assaulted students with batons. He said Nehawu condemned the violence and demanded the immediate release of the nine students.

Pamla said the union blamed the Cape Peninsula University of Technology management and department of health for not dealing with students' problems.

He said the hours students worked on in-service training needed revision and they needed more discipline. They felt they "are being used to fill vacancies without any remuneration". - Sapa

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