UKZN Nine in court for public violence

2016-09-23 05:42

(Jeff Wicks)

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Pietermaritzburg – Nine University of KwaZulu-Natal students arrested on charges of public violence are expected to make a first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

They were detained during a day of running battles with riot police on Thursday, during protests over tertiary education fee hikes.

Lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus were suspended on Thursday, to give police and security services time to round up “rogue” students.

More than 500 protesting students clashed with riot police from the early morning, and threw stones at a test venue at the campus. The exam had to be postponed.

Several students were injured in exchanges with police. The university said it was investigating claims that live ammunition was used.

An 18-year-old student was injured when he was struck by a car when he lay down in a road during a protest, apparently in a bid to stop traffic.

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