BY ISN STAFF | October 11, 2016
Violent confrontations on South African college campuses resulted in Jesuit priest, Fr. Graham Pugin, S.J., being injured after being shot by law enforcement officers using rubber bullets, on October 10th. According to media reports, including America, Fr. Graham was shot at point blank range near the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg where students had taken sanctuary in Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Braamfontein, while trying to block police from entering a church gate.
According to a statement by Fr. David Rowan, S.J., the South African Jesuit superior, Fr. Graham has been one of the facilitators, along with other clergy and former student leaders, as a peace broker between students and other stakeholders. It also noted that Holy Trinity Catholic Church has served as a “safe and sacred space” for negotiations discussions that involved students. The full statement from Fr. Rowan can be found below.
Video leading up to the shooting via Times Live:
Media Coverage of Fr. Graham’s shooting:
‘Hell Broke Out’ in South Africa; Jesuit Injured by Police (America)
Priest shot, bus burned in violent South African student protests (AfricaNews.en)
‘Hell Broke Out:’ South African Police, Students Clash (New York Times)