POLICE BOLT FROM RIOTING UNISWA STUDENTS
KWALUSENI – In a surprising turn of events, a group of about 10 police officers were forced to run for cover after uncompromising UNISWA students pelted them with stones.
The officers had just fired several warning shots to disperse the rowdy students.
This took place on Sunday night after the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) joint student body meeting which was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH).
The meeting was about finding a way forward on how they could force government, especially the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, to restore the 60 per cent of students’ allowances which was slashed after the implementation of a scholarship policy during the 2011/2012 academic year.
A couple of hours before midnight, the students resolved to begin walking to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Mbabane so that when dawn broke, they would all be assembled at the doorstep of Minister Winnie Magagula’s office to table their demands.
The about 1 000 learners from the three campuses, Kwaluseni, Luyengo and Mbabane, converged on the road going towards Mahhala.
However, before they could get any further, they came across a police van with about 10 police officers on board.
The officers fired warning shots in the air in a bid to disperse the students, but instead the scholars responded by pelting them with stones.
Each time students heard the loud bang of a gunshot which was being fired by the police, they roared in anger and advanced into the shadows of the huge trees lining the university fence in order to throw large stones at the police without being detected.
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