Five arrested Rhodes students released

2016-04-20 21:09


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Grahamstown – Five Rhodes University students who were arrested on Wednesday during student protests were released with a warning to reappear at the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court on July 20.

According to a Grahamstown Facebook news page, Activate, the university has also filed a court interdict against protesting students.

Student news publication Activate posted court papers filed against Rhodes University students as well as the institution's Students Representative Council (SRC). The interdict restrains students from participating in any unlawful activities on its campuses.

This comes after police used rubber bullets and stun grenades when the student gathering became “aggressive”. Five students were then arrested and faced charges related to the Gatherings Act.

Police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender, said in a statement the students' release had conditions attached.

Govender said police arrested the students after they had responded to reports of an illegal gathering.

“The roads were blocked off using furniture, brooms, sticks and stones. Following warnings by police to disperse, the crowd did not adhere to the instructions,” Govender said.

Police then used pepper spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd, he said.

“Shortly thereafter another report was received that a gathering was becoming aggressive when the university staff attempted to clear off another street. Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd,” he said.

Students started protesting after a list was released naming alleged rapists on campus. Students are protesting against what they say is a culture of rape at the institution.

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