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Blade Nzimande says the rise of violence at student vicinities is concerning

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said the rise of violent crime at student vicinities shows a concerning deterioration of society.

The minister was speaking outside the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital on Monday where a University of Johannesburg (UJ) student, was admitted after being shot in the face.

Gunmen opened fire in broad daylight in Braamfontein last week killing 18-year-old UJ student Nkosingiphile Nxumalo.

Dimpho Mosia, a second-year humanities student, was shot in the face when he and others were travelling in a bus from the university to their residence in Johannesburg last week.

Nzimande said the brazen shooting speaks to the prevailing challenge of crime in the CBD.

“Violence in society is also affecting violence in our schools. But this is just truly tragic. Here are students coming from university on a bus on their way to residence and there are stray bullets. This shows as a country and society that we really have a challenge.”

Nzimande said that Mosia is in critical condition but is showing signs of recovery.

“We gave him a message to be strong. He must hang on to the fact that he survived the incident and is alive. He went through a traumatic experience.”

The bus was hit when two men in a nearby private vehicle were killed in a hail of bullets.

-EWN

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