Twenty students arrested in ECape

2012-02-28 07:31

Twenty students were arrested after violence at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, said Eastern Cape police today.

“Yesterday [Monday] by late afternoon, we arrested 20 students for public violence and damage to property. They will appear in the Mthatha Magistrates Court today,” said Lt-Col Mzukisi Fatyela.

The university was closed today. Students, who had travelled from far, were expected to find transport back to their homes.
“We will monitor the situation today [Tuesday] and see how it goes,” said Fatyela.

About 1 000 students have protested at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus since 6am yesterday. They blockaded roads with rubbish bins, burnt tyres and threw stones at the police, who fired rubber bullets at them to disperse them.

Fatyela said students were demanding passes even though they had failed their tests.

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