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SA Students Protests, One Dead

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One person has been confirmed dead after South African police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse students at the University of Witwatersrand, who are demanding changes to the registration and financial aid policies.

Although it’s unclear if it was a student or passer-by.

The students, in Johannesburg, have been protesting since Monday, blocking roads and causing general disruption over alleged financial exclusion by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said it was looking into the incident.

“The Directorate has dispatched four investigation officers to probe the allegations, the team will also cordon the crime scene and conduct the investigation including locating the person with the video footage, identify eyewitnesses, etc, IPID will ensure the body is protected and carried safe to the mortuary,” it said in a statement.

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