12 CPUT students to spend week behind bars

2016-10-12 20:50
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - Twelve Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students arrested on Tuesday for public violence will spend a week behind bars.

Three of the accused, who appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, face an additional charge of violating a High Court order.

Their lawyer, Siya Tsotso, said the matter was postponed to October 19 to allow authorities to confirm their addresses as part of possible bail conditions.

On Tuesday, when classes were scheduled to recommence, clashes broke out between protesters, police and private security guards.

Four other students who were arrested on CPUT's Mowbray campus on the same day, for allegedly intimidating a dean, were granted bail after appearing in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

The State initially suggested bail of R1 000, but advocate Lufuno Musetsho requested that the group be released on a warning as they are full-time students.

The magistrate granted bail of R500.

"The students are still raising funds," Musetsho said.

Right to assemble

The State requested that the four not have contact or communication with the complainant; should not be allowed to enter CPUT campuses; and not be allowed to protest, he said.

Musetsho said he agreed to the first condition, but objected to the other conditions.

"All four students [live on] campus and [this condition] will unjustifiably infringe on their constitutional rights to education."

He further argued that the students had a right to assemble and demonstrate, as guaranteed by the Constitution.

The court imposed only the first condition and the matter was postponed to November 23.

Meanwhile, UCT student activist Masixole Mlandu was on Wednesday rearrested for contravening a High Court interdict.

He was released on R1 000 bail last Thursday after spending two nights behind bars.

This after he allegedly told a staffer to fetch workers to join their protest, which was considered as hampering the university's services.

He was not allowed to be on campus or prevent people from doing their work, in terms of an interdict against him.

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