According to a statement by TuksRes on social media, initial reports of the incident came from an individual saying a woman was abducted. “Following investigation by our Security Services department, this report is seen as negligent and inaccurate. This incident took place on the corner of Hilda and Burnett Streets (where McDonald’s is situated), and no firearms were used in this altercation. CCTV footage also confirms the above scenario. Therefore, this incident is seen as an isolated incident and has no connection with UP whatsoever.”
According to Resident Management and Student Life Manger Lanché van Tonder, UP confirmed that reports of the gunpoint incident at McDonald’s did not involve anyone associated with UP. Van Tonder said that while a tweet was posted indicating that a UP student was involved, UP Security Services found that no student was involved. “UP Security Services was able to confirm that a dispute between two individuals occurred on the corner of Hilda and Burnett Street on this evening, but that neither of them are affiliated or associated with the University of Pretoria,” added van Tonder.Brooklyn SAPS confirmed that as yet no cases had been opened.