University under pressure over student 'spying' claims

The Right2Know Campaign is putting pressure on the University of Johannesburg to come clean about using private security firms to spy on student protesters, reports Times Live.

eNCA’s Checkpoint investigative show screened an explosive account recently of how undercover private security guards were paid to ride on inter-campus buses and covertly gather intelligence on students at the University of Johannesburg. A guard revealed how he was paid R300 a day to take notes about conversations on the bus and identify the names and faces of protesters.

“This story underscores long-held concerns that universities’ use of private security firms during #FeesMustFall-related protests has lacked transparency‚ accountability‚ and often led to serious violations of the rights of students and staff‚” said a statement by the Right2Know Campaign – the activist movement centred on freedom of expression and access to information.
Full report on the Times Live site