South African Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor expressed regret at the death of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) student.
According to preliminary data, he was killed by a private security guard who has allegedly opened fire during a fight with protesting students. The Durban University of Technology students staged a protest, outraged by the lack of housing and the exclusion of those with historic debt from registration.
According to Pandor’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele, the minister is saddened by the death of the DUT student. Regrets about the incident were also expressed by the Durban University of Technology itself, which will be closed until further notice.
“The director-general of higher education and training, Mr Gwebinkundla Qonde, is interacting with the institution and the family, so when the time is right the minister will be able to visit as well,” Ngqengelele pointed out.
Durban authorities will continue to investigate the incident.