Six students were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital when a stampede outside the Capricorn TVET College in Polokwane, Limpopo, occurred on Thursday.
Many prospective students are already standing que outside the college from early this the morning.
Brig. Police spokesperson Motlafela Mojapelo said the incident occurred at about 08:00.
According to him, Tshepo Malatjie (22) was seriously injured during the incident. “Five others were injured, but only minor, after a riot arose when the gates opened and all prospective students tried to gain access to the college,” Mojapelo said.
According to him, the injured prospective students were taken to the hospital, apparently located near the college, by ambulance.
“Their medical condition will be determined later.”
According to Mojapelo, two other prospective students were meanwhile run over by a motorist who exceeded the speed limit in the street and rushed to hospital for medical treatment. One is seriously injured.
The police are investigating a hit-and-run case.
Mojapelo added that police had extra staff deployed to college and that the situation has stabilized in the meanwhile. “The officials are now making sure the rows are managed.”
In January 2012, a parent of a student died in a similar incident when she died in a rush at the gates of the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
The registration process was postponed until Monday.