NMMU student arrested outside court

2016-10-12 22:53
NMMU students march over fees. (News24)

NMMU students march over fees. (News24)

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Port Elizabeth – A NMMU student was arrested outside the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of the institution's students arrested to 11.

The student was there to support nine Fees Must Fall students - Zuko Nolzoyiya, Aviwe Khomlo,  Luvuyo Chrisjen, Thobile Mboiyo, Vuyokazi Mphati, Qobuko September, Noxolo Koko, Zandiswa Mkancu and Vuyo Tshingila - who appeared briefly in the court.

All face charges of public violence and contravening the National Road Traffic Act during a march along Marine Drive to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Centre on September 21. One student faced an additional charge of interfering with police in the execution of their duties.

A tenth student, Mpumzi Ndsonde, 22, was arrested last Monday, October 3, after allegedly setting tyres alight at the entrance to the NMMU South campus. Ndsonde was charged under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act for damaging infrastructure. This carries a jail term of up to 30 years.

Ndsonde was released on R200 bail and was due to reappear December 22.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said the student arrested on Wednesday was identified from video footage taken at the protests outside the university last week, when students barricaded the road and burnt tyres to stop lecturers gaining access to the main campus.

The student, who had not been named, was charged under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act and was being held at Humewood Police Station.

The case against the nine students was postponed to October 26.


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