ANC: Treason reports 'irresponsible'

2015-10-22 10:56
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Johannesburg – Rumours that University of Cape Town students arrested for protesting at Parliament would face treason charges were rejected on Thursday.

Both the Hawks and African National Congress said it was “irresponsible reporting”. The wife of one of those arrested said it was outrageous.

Such speculation would merely help fuel violence, Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

They would face charges of trespassing and contravening the Gatherings Act.

“This irresponsible reporting can only undermine a noble protest by students and raise temperatures unnecessarily,” the ANC said.

Linde French, the wife of 63-year-old activist Kevin French, said the fact that high treason was even mentioned was absurd.

Kevin French was arrested with students Markus Trengove, Nathan Taylor, Chumani Maxwele, Kgotsi Chikane and Lindsey Maasdorp when protests against university fee increases spilled into the Parliamentary precinct during Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s mid-term budget speech on Wednesday afternoon.

"It is outrageous and very unnerving. It’s also very unnerving seeing those policemen dragging them around yesterday. It reminds me of a time best left forgotten," she said outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, where the students were expected to appear later.

Read more on:    cape town  |  university fees  |  protests

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