Charges withdrawn

2015-10-29 06:00

Charges against 19 UCT students and four workers were on Wednesday withdrawn when the group appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court.

They had faced charges of contravening the university’s interdict during the protests which brought UCT to a standstill last week. A group of about 100 supporters gathered outside the court ahead of proceedings, singing struggle songs and waving posters reading “Let my people go” and “Enough is enough”.

“Fight the issue, not the people,” one protester shouted.

UCT on Tuesday confirmed it had dropped charges against students who protested outside the institution’s administration building last week as part of the #FeesMustFall campaign. The university confirmed that the interdict filed on October 19 was cancelled on Tuesday, and was no longer in effect. In addition, UCT had made recommendations to the NPA for the charges to be withdrawn against the 29 people involved in the storming of the parliamentary precinct, as the State was the complainant in that matter. They were released on a warning on Thursday and the case was postponed to February 23.

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