My son is a leader - Frank Chikane

2015-10-22 14:54

Johannesburg - Religious leaders laid their hands on ANC stalwart Frank Chikane's head and prayed at the University of Cape Town on Thursday after his son was arrested when protesting students stormed the Parliament precinct.

The religious leaders were there to offer prayers and show support for students who were protesting against fee increases.

On Wednesday students forced their way into the Parliament precinct while Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was delivering his mid-term budget. Police fired stun grenades to push them back.

Several students were arrested, including Kgotsi Chikane, who is a student at the University of Cape Town.

Frank Chikane said he was not surprised that his son was arrested because he was leader.

Commenting on the police response to the protest, the cleric said, "It was traumatic for people who saw it because of the manner in which it was done. That is why parents are saying [there should be] no guns... where students are."

However, he added that if students used force the police would also use force.

Kgotsi Chikane and 28 others were released earlier on Thursday on a warning. Their case was postponed to February next year.

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