Student held after grabbing food from VIP tent at Fort Hare

2016-05-20 15:17
Students carry out a peaceful protest at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. (News24)

Students carry out a peaceful protest at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape. (News24)

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WATCH: Hundreds of students sing, protest outside Fort Hare celebrations

2016-05-20 14:35

Students have been protesting outside the University of Fort Hare's celebrations today, they are demanding that students who don't live in residences receive allowances for accommodation and transport before the end of the semester. Watch.WATCH

Alice - One student was taken in for questioning on Friday after a group stormed the VIP marquee at University of Fort Hare, grabbing food prepared for guests attending the institutions centenary celebrations.

Students earlier sang and shouted at President Jacob Zuma to feed them, as they were hungry.

Shortly after that, a group of about 200 students broke away from the main group gathered at the gates of the sports complex on campus where the celebrations were taking place, and picked up their pace as they started running towards the VIP tent.

Once inside, they started eating the food, but their attempt was cut short by the police who were following close on their heels. There was no security visible at the tent when the students stormed in.

Within minutes the students dispersed and police manage to grab one female student. She was taken in for questioning.

After the incident, police were seen patrolling the field.

Inside the complex, the programme had already started, with Zuma and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flanking each other on stage while they waited to deliver their speeches.

The two were earlier seen arriving holding hands, while outside protesting students were kept at bay by members of the Public Order Policing unit.

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