Police watchdog investigates student shooting


JOHANNESBURG, 21 October 2016 Former SRC president, Shaeera Kalla was reportedly shot 13 times by police firing rubber. Police watchdog, Ipid will investigate the shooting. eNCA speaks to Ipid spokesperson, Moses Dlamini about it.

JOHANNESBURG - The police watchdog, Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has indicated that they will be investigating the multiple shooting of a student leader on Thursday.

Student leaders Shaeera Kalla and Busisiwe Seabi were injured during scuffles with police. Kalla says she was shot thirteen times. Both have been released from hospital.

The SAPS say they are investigating the claims, and the matter has been referred to IPID.



The Wits SRC said students were singing peacefully on campus when police fired rubber bullets and teargas at them.

Police fire rubber bullets, stun grenades at protesting Wits students

University spokesperson Shirona Patel confirmed the shooting and said Kalla was taken to hospital.

According to Patel protesting students had disrupted a lecture and tore up test papers on the west campus when police reacted by dispersing them.

Meanwhile, student activist Vuyani Pambo on Thursday night said they were trying to map a way forward following the arrest of dozens of their colleagues.

His comments come in the wake of an SAPS statement saying police are investigating claims a number of students had been injured during the protest.

"Right now we have to appeal to the public to join the protests...when you come to our meetings other students are saying maybe we must resort to other means...It's gotten to that because that's the kind of trauma we have gone through in the last couple of months...for over a month now," Pambo said.

eNCA's Uveka Rangappa spoke to IPIDs Moses Dlamini about the incident. Watch the interview in the gallery above or listen below..