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Six students injured after stampede at TVET college

Author: Staff reporter Updated: 12:00 12-01-2018

Six students are reported to have been injured after a stampede broke out at the Capricorn TVET college in Polokwane, this morning.

 The students were queueing for admission for the 2018 academic year.

Officials say that of the six people have been hospitalized, one was seriously injured.

A large number of students arrived on campus earlier on Thursday morning hoping be accepted to study at the college this year, with some said to have stayed overnight.

Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo says that the incident happened at around 08:00 on Thursday morning as the applicants were "jostling for access"

The six-injured people were between the ages of 19 and 26.

"The injured applicant was transported to Pietersburg Provincial Hospital for medical treatment. The condition of the injured person cannot be confirmed as of now," says Mojapelo.

"As the security officials opened the gate, a stampede ensued, resulting in one of the students getting seriously injured and the other five collapsed due to the stampede. They were taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Crowd management officers have since been deployed to the area.

A spokesperson for the college was not immediately available for comment.

According to tweets, the stampede ensued when gates opened as hordes of students waiting to gain entry to the campus to register. The college requested new students to return on Thursday for registration after being turned away on Sunday.

Published: 10:08 11-01-2018

Posted by on January 11, 2018.

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