Bail for protesting UWC students

2015-11-12 13:29
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Cape Town - The 15 students arrested on Wednesday after clashes with police at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) must return to court on December 11.

Five of the accused arrested for assault took their place in front of the bench, while the remaining eight squeezed into the bench behind them.

Two more had to make do with standing during proceedings. Some of the accused waved at students who came to support them.

The state did not oppose bail, set at R3 000 each for all the accused, when they appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

However, the students have been prohibited from entering the campus with the court ordering they could only collect personal effects under escort. They must also reside at their alternative addresses.

Chaos erupted at the institution on Wednesday when protesters started fires across the campus, broke windows and set alight furniture before a stand-off with police.

The court ruled they may not intimidate students or staff. Also, if they wished to write their exams, arrangements had to be made with the university through their respective lawyers.

Tygerberg Hospital spokesperson Laticia Pienaar on Thursday confirmed three students were admitted on Wednesday night with "various injuries relating to the hand, head and face".

They have all since been discharged.

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