Katlego Monareng, a student from Bushbuckridge studying towards a diploma in Legal Assistance at the Tshwane University of Technology was peacefully laid to rest on Saturday, 1st of September 2018 in Ga Motibidi after he was shot dead by police on campus during a Student Representative Council (SRC) election.
The 26 year-old student was in his final year of studies when the incident that led to the loss of his life took place. The police were apparently called on campus after a scuffle between two parties pertaining to allegations of vote-rigging. The scuffle apparently led to a mass protest, and the university’s Campus Protection System called the police to “stabilize” the situation.
The Soshanguve SAPS confirmed that they did arrive at the scene, and also conceded that they fired live ammunition at the students using R5 rifles. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) spokesperson Moses Dlamini said that police firearms were seized for ballistic testing, and that an investigation had been launched.
“We have lost a true soldier because he’s one of the students who took part in the 2016 #FeesMustFall movement which led to the announcement of free education last year, and today he’s no longer with us to harvest the fruits of his struggle. We are also devastated that there’s no one who wants to take responsibility for his death,” TUT SRC President Katlego Magobola said.
The University announced that they have also instituted their own investigation into the matter. “Katlego was doing his final year in legal practice. He was going to graduate next year and start helping his family. The university is doing its own forensic investigation, but the IPID did come to the campus to establish who they should talk to regarding the matter,” Professor Stanley Mukhola said.
The university further vowed to leave no stone unturned in their independent investigation.