Away with Afrikaans, Tuks students chant outside court

2016-02-22 11:50
Students march to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Students march to the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria – The case against 24 University of Pretoria students accused of public violence was postponed by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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The students appeared in a packed court and wore black outfits. 

Fellow students had marched from the university to the court to support them, singing and dancing in the street chanting "Away with Afrikaans".

Twenty-seven people were arrested for public violence on Friday, following clashes on campus over the use of Afrikaans in lectures. Charges against three of the students were dropped. 

The State asked for a postponement until April 7 to allow for further investigations. Their lawyer, Timothy Ramabalana, wanted reasons for this and said the students needed to get back to class.

"We are dealing with students who have classes. We need to know what the State is looking for so that we can make it available," he said.

Donald Sekwakweng, also representing the students, told the court their bail conditions needed to be clarified.

"We need to know what the bail conditions are. Is it that they can't take part in illegal protests or protest in general?" he asked.

The prosecutor said they still needed to download the video footage taken on the day, which would take six weeks. The students could not participate in illegal protests or break the law. 

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

(Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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