The founder of Media for Justice, Sipho Singiswa, was assaulted by private security staff during the mayhem at the University of Johannesburg.

Johannesburg - The founder of Media for Justice, Sipho Singiswa, was assaulted on Wednesday night by private security members hired by the University of Johannesburg to deal with escalating student protests.

On Wednesday protesting UJ students and security guards clashed on the campus.

The media was barred from entering the campus but yells and terrified screams from students could be heard with several managing to escape out of the campus with minor injuries. Several students were pepper-sprayed and others were seen with cuts and bruises. Some students were injured.

Singiswa was filming the clashes when he was attacked.

A charge has reportedly been laid.

Accrding to their website, Media for Justice was established in 2010 by non partisan, independent human rights practitioners, filmmakers, activists and journalists “to expose problems in the field of environmental and social injustice and bring them into the spotlight from a community perspective”.