'Free State cops went after black students, left whites alone'

2016-02-26 11:46
Protesting students at UFS. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Protesting students at UFS. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Free State police and University of the Free State management are facing damning allegations from students who say that residences were raided and police arrested people without provocation on Thursday night.

Apparently police and private security guards from Fidelity were involved in the raid.

According to students on campus, between nine and 21 black students were arrested while white ones were ignored.

The arrests come after a demand by students that vice chancellor Jonathan Jansen resign was rejected.

A woman told The Daily Vox website that one officer threatened to beat students if they didn’t let him into their women-only residence.

A screengrab of a conversation with an apparent first year student shows him saying that police “busted” through his room “and took me out”.

The student says he didn’t take part in the protest.

Another person says: “They [police] came to our res with guns. They broke my window but I hid. It’s chaos. They’re arresting EVERYONE.”

eNCA reported that police also arrested a journalist who was covering the protests during the raid.

Police confirmed to the broadcaster that Mosupatsela FM reporter Teboho Setlofane had been arrested and charged with public violence.

The radio station’s manager, Sello Mosala, said police “are insisting they want proof from the university that [Setlofane] was not a student in order to release him”.

Read more on:    ufs  |  bloemfontein  |  education  |  university protests  |  racism

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