Alice - Five students from the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Alice campus were shot and injured during a confrontation with police outside the university's main gate, UFH spokesperson Lizo Phiti said on Wednesday.
Phiti said the clash followed a mass meeting held at the Sports Complex on Tuesday, "after which students proceeded to the main gate and began throwing stones at police vehicles and other road users driving along King William's town into Alice - a public road which serves as a main access in and out of Alice".
Phiti said three of the injured students are receiving medical attention at Victoria Hospital while the other two has already been taken home by their parents.
"Hurling missiles in the direction of the main road poses a serious threat not only to police and state vehicles, but also to members of the university community, the general public and their assets. Business operations in Alice may also be impacted," Phiti said.
He said they condemn "all" manner of public safety violations by students. "This behaviour is disappointing because there is a scheduled meeting with student leaders on Friday, to give feedback on authentic issues raised during a meeting with management a week ago," he said.
Dean of Students, Malinge Gqeba said they will do whatever it takes to curb all forms of violence and irresponsible behaviour on their campus.