17 UFS students released on free bail

2016-10-11 17:21
Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24, file)

Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24, file)

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Bloemfontein - Seventeen University of the Free State students, arrested on charges of contravening a court order, were released on free bail by the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

A total of 51 students were arrested on Monday during protests against university fees. The remaining 34 students were expected in court on Wednesday.

A large group of students gathered outside the court, waiting for proceedings to conclude. A large number of police officers kept an eye on them. The students sang and danced when the 17 were released.  

On Monday evening, students threw stones at police as officers tried to remove them from campus. Earlier that day students disrupted classes and exams on the Bloemfontein campus.

Security guards used paintball guns to disperse protesters outside computer labs on the main campus.

The student representative council cancelled its media briefing, following running battles with police.

The university had earlier said that, despite the protest, classes would continue. Spokesperson Lacea Loader said in a statement issued later that academic work would be suspended on all three campuses on Wednesday and Thursday.

"The suspension of all academic activities on the campuses will ensure time for the university management to engage with stakeholders in order to find a solution to the crisis," she said.

She said, should a resolution not be reached, all UFS campuses would be closed until further notice.

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