Two Cops Arrested For TUT Student’s Murder

File: Students from Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campus march through the streets of Pretoria CBD. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

PRETORIA: The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said a constable and a captain were facing murder charges following the death of a Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student.

IPID has arrested the two police officers, who will appear at the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Katlego Monareng was shot dead during the Student Representative Council (SRC) elections at the Soshanguve campus in August.

At the time, IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said police had been called to the scene after a presiding officer was allegedly held hostage and assaulted by students.

As police headed out, about 200 students had barricaded the entrance of the campus.

Dlamini said the students also stoned the police vehicles.

“The police reported that they fired at the ground with R5 rifles, and that when they left, no one was injured, but police vehicles were damaged. The police were later informed that a student had been shot and injured,” Dlamini said.

Monareng died on the way to hospital.

“The IPID has concluded its investigation; only two technical reports are outstanding,” he said.