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Donations pour in for student after clip of him being beaten by guards for selling chips went viral

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A student’s nightmare went from sleep to relief after some well wishers opened up their pockets and hearts to assist him and other students who are struggling to cope with University life.

Mbuso Khoza turned into a hero when he was beaten by security guards at Fort Hare University arlfter he was caught selling chips at an undesignated area.

Khoza, 30, had been selling chips to students at the Dikeni campus to raise funds for his studies as his bursary, which does not cover for allowances such as meals, has been delayed.

He also sends some of his meagre earnings from his small business home to his unemployed single mother of five.

A week ago, his hustle pitted him against campus guards when he could not produce a trading licence.

In one video clip, a screaming Khoza is seen being dragged by a group of security guards while their colleague appears to be punching him.

In another clip, shot moments before the pandemonium, the guards demand his trading licence.

A third clip shows Khoza crying, with chips scattered around him.

The clips showing the dramatic scenes angered students, who protested at the Dikeni campus where the incident happened, demanding “justice for Mbuso”.

The university came out in support of its guards, saying they were attacked by an informal trader.

Despite his ordeal, the video clips helped highlight Khoza’s plight, with people sending him donations which enabled him to register and reduce some of his debt.

Khoza, who hails from Margate in KwaZulu-Natal, said he was hugely grateful for all the support, saying even donors from Gauteng had opened their hearts to help him.

“This is a big boost, not only for my studies but for my business as well,” he said.

Khoza plans to use some of the money to bolster his business, which funds his food and other costs, as well as assists his family back home.

Those who would like to assist other students who are struggling to get meals can send a wallet from any bank to this number 0760440412.

He had been in talks with municipal officials to ensure he followed proper procedures to run his business, he said.

The Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (Inseta) promised this week that its bursary would settle Khoza’s debt and continue funding him.

He is the first born of an unemployed single mother of five.

She said if it wasn’t for her son sending them money from his small business, the family would not survive.

Source: https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2023-02-25-tears-turn-to-joy-for-ufh-student-allegedly-brutally-assaulted-by-campus-security/

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