Five arrested at SPU

2016-10-19 06:00
A STUDENT of the Sol Plaatje University was taken from campus after reportedly being shot at by the police with rubber bullets during #FeesMustFall class disruptions on campus on Monday (17/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

A STUDENT of the Sol Plaatje University was taken from campus after reportedly being shot at by the police with rubber bullets during #FeesMustFall class disruptions on campus on Monday (17/10). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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AT least five students of the Sol Plaatje University, one female and four males, were arrested for public violence and assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm during Monday’s (17/10) class disruptions on campus.

The Kimberley Public Order Police Unit was deployed to the Sol Plaatje University at about 08:30 after approximately 80 students allegedly disrupted classes.

It still remains a mystery as to whether the arrested students will appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court today or whether they will be released like in the previous violent protest.

According to Col. Dimakatso Mooi, it is procedure, under normal circumstances, for the accused to appear in court if charged for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

In the previous incident, 24 students were released after their fellow students marched to the Phakamile Mabija police station to strike a deal with the police for their release.

That was after the arrested SPU students, part of a group of 200, protested outside the campus on Monday, 26 September, and set fire to building material during the #FeesMustFall protest.

According to the police, classes resumed as expected on Monday, but a small group of students started disrupting classes and throwing stones and bottles at the police.

The agreement for classes to resume on Monday was reached by the students and the vice chancellor, Prof. Yunus Ballim, during a meeting on Monday, 10 October.

Police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, which resulted in the situation remaining calm.

Three people were injured in the process, of whom two are police officers and one a student.

The injured student was taken by ER24 paramedics from campus on a stretcher at around lunch time.

The police has been monitoring the situation since last week.

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