Charges against UJ protesters withdrawn, NPA confirms

2015-11-09 10:01

LATEST: The NPA has confirmed that charges have been withdrawn against 141 people who had protested at UJ's Kingsway campus. But protesters say their fight isn't over.


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Last Updated at 16:52
09 Nov 13:52
So that's that for updates. If, however, there are further developments, News24 will bring you the latest as it happens. 

09 Nov 13:43
Cape Town cops are also packing up and leaving. Traffic has been reopened.

09 Nov 13:42

Some protesters in Cape Town say they too tired to continue.

Meanwhile, in Johannesburg, Xamla Songweni, a UJ student, says: What happened here today is very clear. It means that going forward we will not back down.

"We have been fired on and beaten. I hear that a bus at UJ has been burnt, until (vice chancellor Ihlon van) Rensburg comes to us these things will still happen these things will continue to happen because there are forces we don't know of that continue to target the university, we are saying we don't align ourselves with those actions. The workers are resilient and they will continue to fight until their demands are met and students are allowed sufficient time to write their exams."

09 Nov 13:37
Students are leaving Parliament. They heading back to their respective universities. They marching down Plein Street. They say they're going towards UCT.

09 Nov 13:31
Students can't seem to decide what's next since they have been told Zuma and Nzimande are out of the country.

09 Nov 13:27
This is Nxesi's full statement.

09 Nov 13:25

Nxesi told the students the department has done calculations on the shortfall needed for 0% increase next year.

"The shortfall is estimated at approximately R2.3bn. Of this amount, the department has committed R1.935bn and the universities will contribute R394.7m."

09 Nov 13:22

09 Nov 13:18

UJ protesters say they want to "attack the enemy" which is the university's management.

The SRC is trying to get transportation to take them back to UJ.

09 Nov 13:15

The NPA has confirmed that charges have been withdrawn against 141 people who had protested at UJ's Kingsway campus on Friday, News24's Lizeka Tandwa reports.

UJ's SRC says "our battles aren't here, it takes us back to the people we are fighting".

09 Nov 13:05
This is a bit weird.

09 Nov 12:54
We want stun grenades, say angry students. We did not come here for politeness, these students are telling cops. The students are demanding zero fees, no outsourcing and an end to police brutality.

09 Nov 12:43
Nxesi has now gone back inside after reading the two page memo.

09 Nov 12:43
Nxesi, the public works minister, says he is addressijng students in his capacity as äcting education minister". Protesters aren't listening though, they're still booing him. Students getting louder and louder.

09 Nov 12:34

Minister Thulas Nxesi, surrounded by bodyguards and police, is outside Parliament waiting to address students but they don't want to hear from him. They shouting "who are you?"

A student on a loudhailer says "we are going to be addressed by people who we did not request". They asking minister to leave and only talk if he is going to tell them where the president is.

09 Nov 12:31

We want the head of state to address us, says protesters at Parliament. We want the ministers of education and labour to come out here, they say.

These are some of the demands of the hundreds of students gathered outside Parliament on Monday.

Pasma chairperson Athabile Nonxuba said last week, by coming to Parliament, the students made an appointment with the president and his ministers and they demanded to be addressed. "And if they don't come out, we will see what we do about that."

09 Nov 12:20
UCT student leader Athabile Nonxuba says they will do anything to make sure their university listens to them, even if it means disrupting exams.

09 Nov 12:19
The numbers have grown considerably outside Parliament, Thulani Gqirana reports. Now looking at about 400 students.

09 Nov 12:08

Lizeka Tandwa reports outside the Joburg Magistrate's Court: Apparently a worker 'Magarette' was intimidated by UJ into signing an agreement together with Nehawu which states that they will put an end to strike...

In the photo below, Magarette addresses workers and students, while some SRC members protect her. She is in tears.

09 Nov 12:06
Protesters in Joburg are also still turning cars and taxis away outside the magistrate's court.

09 Nov 12:03
Police in riot gear are standing outside Parliament behind police tape.

09 Nov 11:57
Students are turning back traffic outside Parliament, singing and toyi toying in a circle on corner of Roeland and Plein streets, says Thulani Gqirana.

09 Nov 11:04
Students from UCT, CPUT and UWC have started gathering in small numbers outside Parliament. They are busy writing up posters and singing while waiting for more.

09 Nov 11:02

A handful of students have arrived outside Parliament. Not more than 10, says Thulani Gqirana. They are just standing in a circle and singing. Police have now put up tape and Parliament gates are being chained closed.

09 Nov 10:40
Students and workers have closed the main road outside the Joburg Magistrate's Court and there's still no sign of police, says Lizeka Tandwa.

09 Nov 10:15

Protesters in Johannesburg are disrupting traffic and have also forced some cars to turn around, says News24 reporter Lizeka Tandwa.

And in Cape Town, our reporter Thulani Gqirana says: Police are putting on riot gear, getting ready for students who are supposed to march to Parliament at 11:00. No protesters yet. Parliament's visitors' centre entrance has now been closed as well.

09 Nov 10:01

Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters have gathered outside the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg in support of students and workers who had been arrested on Friday.

141 students and workers are expected to appear in court on Monday after being arrested while protesting outside the University of Johannesburg's Kingsway campus.

The arrests came after they allegedly contravened a court order prohibiting protesters from gathering within 500 metres of the campus on Friday as exams started for the university's 42 000 students.

09 Nov 10:01

Students and university staff are set for another march to Parliament on Monday over fees and insourcing of workers.

By 09:00 about four public order police vans were at Parliament.This comes as barricades of burning tyres were placed on various spots around the University of Cape Town's campuses, as some students prepare to sit for their exams due to start this week.

On Friday, protesters marched to the Bremner building and blockaded lower campus, reported broadcaster eNCA.

Protesters disputed that the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union joint shop stewards council has represented them adequately in the insourcing agreement, News24 reported UCT as saying at the weekend.

Fezeka Mehlomakhulu from UCT Fees Must Fall movement told eNCA that shop stewards went into the meeting and signed an agreement “without the consent of the people”.

The New Age newspaper reported that it would not just be UCT students and staff marching, but also students from Cape Peninsula University of Technology as well as the University of the Western Cape.

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