UJ student killed at year-end party

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JOHANNESBURG -  Police say they're investigating the death of a 21-year-old student from the University of Johannesburg.

Civil group, Access to Justice says the youngster was shot dead, allegedly by a private security guard.

According to a statement by the organisation, he "was shot and killed by a plain-clothed security guard, who has been identified by witnesses as having been seen on campus wearing Fidelity Guards uniforms.

"The incident happened between 1 and 2 am at the Yards, an off-campus, privately owned residence accredited to UJ. It was the year-end party. When the music was turned off, students moved to the roof, to continue partying. This security guard started slapping students and demanding they go to their rooms."

When confronted the security guard shot the youth in the face. He is believed to have died instantly.

Police say the shooting has no connection to Fees Must Fall protests.

The security guard fled the scene and is still unaccounted for.

Access to Justice extended its condolences and appealed to students to remain calm and that, if there were any witnesses to the incident, they come forward to give more details. 

UJ's student representative council (SRC) tweeted their condolences and made a commitment to further investigate the incident with the university.

 

 

The SRC called for the removal of the security company and a review of the accreditation of the residence.