UCT drops charges against #FeesMustFall protesters

2015-10-28 09:22
A protesting UCT student is pulled into a police van. (@MabhidaMartins, Twitter)

A protesting UCT student is pulled into a police van. (@MabhidaMartins, Twitter)

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Cape Town - The University of Cape Town has dropped charges against students who protested outside the institution’s administration building last week as part of the #FeesMustFall protest.

The university confirmed that the interdict filed on October 19 was cancelled on Tuesday, and is no longer in effect.

“UCT has also made representations to the director of public prosecutions to have all charges arising from last week’s protest actions dropped,” UCT media liaison Pat Lucas said in a statement.

The university also agreed in principle to the idea of insourcing workers. One of the big issues specific to the institution during recent protests has been the outsourcing of campus workers via external companies.

“The Senior Executive of the University of Cape Town, with the support of Council, has agreed to the principle of insourcing at UCT. A communication to campus will follow shortly," the statement concluded.

The National Association of Democratic Lawyers is representing the 23 students and workers arrested for violating the university's interdict.

The group were scheduled to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

On Monday, the association's Mustaque Holland confirmed UCT had made recommendations to the NPA for the charges to be withdrawn against the 29 people involved in the storming of the parliamentary precinct, as the State was the complainant in that matter.

Six of those 29 students were arrested inside the Parliamentary precinct, including Vice Chancellor Max Price's son Ilan, and are represented by other lawyers.

The 29 were released on a warning on Thursday and the case was postponed to February 23 next year.

Read more on:    uct  |  cape town  |  education  |  university fees

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