Police confirm that 7 students arrested

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Johannesburg - Police have confirmed that seven students were arrested in and around Sunnyside on Friday, following student protests at the Union Buildings in Pretoria that later turned violent.

Police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said the group was arrested on Friday night and was expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Six of them were charged with public violence and one with possession of suspected stolen property after allegedly looting a bottle store, Naidoo said.

Earlier, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) said the students were being held at the Sunnyside police station and that they had not been charged.

"The students have now been held for over 12 hours," Seri attorney Kea Thobakgale said in a statement.

"No docket has been opened for them at the police station, and there is therefore no prospect of getting a charge, bail, and release."

Naidoo responded by saying police had 48 hours in which to charge arrested individuals. 

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