Students in Swaziland have launched a campaign in support of Ayanda Mkhabela, who was crippled when police drove at her in an armoured vehicle during a university protest.
Doctors have said Mkhabela, aged 23, would never walk again.
Launching the campaign, the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) said it wanted to ensure Mkhabela and her family were compensated for all injuries and losses incurred as a result of the incident.
Mkhabela was one of many students attacked by police at the University of Swaziland Kwaluseni campus on 22 February 2016.
The Times of Swaziland, the only independent daily newspaper in the kingdom reported at the time, ‘a Royal Swaziland Police (RSP) Operational Services Unit (OSSU) casspir drove at high speed into a group of about 2,000 students, who, when they realised that the vehicle was not stopping, ran in all directions’.
Students from different institutions were present at the launch at the Kwaluseni campus of the University of Swaziland, along with prominent trade union members and political figures.
Swazi Police say they are investigating the circumstances of the incident, but students have called for an independent inquiry.
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