Yesterday was another day of high drama at UCT, and one security guard in particular won’t remember it with much fondness.
We should remember that in ongoing battles at various campuses there is no doubting that many SAPS members, as well as private security guards hired by universities, have used heavy-handed tactics against protesters and escalated violence.
That being said, there isn’t much excuse for behaviour like what you’ll see below.
A group of around 100 students gathered on UCT’s upper campus yesterday, and they were joined by an estimated 40 UCT workers.
Over to TimesLive:
Taking the security guards by surprise‚ some of the workers broke away from a group of students and attacked a lone security guard. Video footage of the incident shows the guard lying on the ground‚ being beaten with a steel rod taped up with masking tape. He is also beaten with his own baton.
The guard was attacked because he bore a striking resemblance to a security guard who was photographed pulling the hair of a female student. The picture was published in a Cape Town newspaper on Wednesday morning.
Here’s that drama:
Security guards should be held accountable for their physical altercations with female students, and students should be held accountable for actions like these.
More from UCT yesterday:
A student leader told the Chemical Engineering Faculty staff that he “can’t guarantee the safety of the people in the department”. “For four weeks protests at UCT have been peaceful‚ there has not been burning yet.”
Protesters‚ he warned‚ had the “capacity to deal with the security.”
He said the building must be evacuated or there won’t be a conversation upon his return.
“It is not a threat‚ it’s not a promise‚ it is a commitment‚” he said.
With no end in sight, all we can do is hope some kind of resolution is reached soon.
For a recap of videos from Monday and Tuesday at UCT head over HERE.
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