'How is it in 2018 during a whole new dawn is a student murdered?'

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that two police officers have been arrested for the murder of TUT student Katlego Monareng.

Monareng was shot after violence erupted at the Soshanguve North campus in Pretoria in August after students claimed that the voting process for a new SRC was rigged.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, standing in on The Eusebius McKaiser Show, has questioned why there is no outrage from different stakeholders about this case?

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What really struck me yesterday was the two police officers were arrested for the murder of a TUT student and I was really taken aback because we have been speaking so much on this show about the double standards in society.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host

He says we need to interrogate long-held assumptions when it comes to violence in society - especially directed against students.

You may be a student, you may be a parent of a student, you may be someone involved in the broader education system or a university administrator or lecturer - or you may be someone vested in our society who is looking on and wondering how in 2018, during a whole new dawn is a student murdered?

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host

And I think a lot of people held off on this topic. Why? Because people always question the motives of certain people in our society. We saw that yesterday when we spoke about the Khayelitsha fire, people told us no there must be some conspiracy, it must have been the fault of the people in Khayelitsha for the fire that was created.

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host

He says while not every student protest has been 'a paragon of moral rectitude, but student protests are legitimate and a way to achieve objectives in society.

But that is not the discussion here, the discussion here is that a student was shot and killed and now two police officers have been arrested. And we need to ask very serious questions about how this is happening, how violence like this is still tolerated and why it's tolerated?

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Radio Host

TK a caller, says to lose a student is painful at the hands of a police officer that is supposed to protect that person.

Us as youngsters as we were students also, we have this thing that we have rights, we have rights but we abuse the rights we have.

TK, caller

Dawood another caller says when he attended school, schools were safe and people were not worried about being stabbed whatsoever.

Watch below as Mpofu-Walsh asks a pertinent question to society:

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