Protestors do not budge

2016-10-12 06:00
PUBLIC order police escort two students who were part of the group arrested during violent protests over fee increases at the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein campus on Monday (10/10). Photo: André Damons

PUBLIC order police escort two students who were part of the group arrested during violent protests over fee increases at the University of the Free State’s Bloemfontein campus on Monday (10/10). Photo: André Damons

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THE Free Education Movement at the University of the Free State (UFS), also fighting against the increase in tuition fees by universities countrywide, will not budge in their battle.

The movement plans to hold a night vigil at the UFS on Sunday (16/10) in protest of the opening of the institution on Monday (17/10).

This follows ongoing #FeesMustFall nationwide protests at several universities in South Africa. Adamant students have been protesting at several institutions of higher learning, demanding free education.

On Monday (10/10), things turned nasty on the UFS main campus in Bloemfontein, with public order police arresting students during a protest.

The police arrested 54 students after a running battle with the police, who were monitoring the situation on campus.

This led to the immediate suspension of programmes at the university following violent disruptions by protesting students.

The university announced on its website that no work would take place on all three campuses on Wednesday (12/10) and Thursday (13/10).

The Student Representative Council (SRC) cancelled its media briefing in the wake of ensuing battles with the police.

The president of the UFS SRC, Lindokuhle Ntuli, said they have called for a university assembly to allow students to engage the university’s management to find a way forward.

He said there was a high probability that students will continue protesting at the Bloemfontein main campus.

  • Of the 54 students arrested at the UFS, 20 appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (11/10) on charges of public violence and contempt of a court interdict.
  • At the Central University of Technology (CUT), nine students were arrested on Tuesday (11/10).

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