Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) says it is conducting its own investigation into allegations of ANC-and DA-aligned student violence on campus.
In a statement‚ the university said it is aware of last Monday’s “incident involving students from different political affiliations”.
The NMMU said it is “presently investigating the various allegations and once these investigations have been concluded‚ will act accordingly”. It said it condemned violence “in the strongest terms”.
Student Representative Council (SRC) president Nicholas Nyati said on Friday that the latest incident was one of five he and his colleagues had suffered since February.
The attack‚ which was caught on a camera at the NNMU main campus entrance‚ shows eight men armed with weapons including sticks‚ spades and batons chasing Nyati and NMMU SRC secretary-general Luvo Vimbani down the hall.
Nyati was saved by campus security‚ but says he suffers from a painful back as a result of the beating.
“I am scared to even be at campus. It has become so dangerous and what is worse is that management is not doing anything about this.”
The DA Student Organisation (DASO) leader alleged that the men who attacked him were members of the South African Students Congress (Sasco) and of the SRC.
“I recognised the men who attacked us and I know them very well. It is not the first time they are doing this‚ they attacked me in February in front of the dean but even after I laid a charge with security services nothing was done‚ until today.”
Nyati said he had laid a case of assault against the men with the police.