Police ministry denies student treason charges rumours

2015-10-22 08:39
(Tina Hsu, News24)

(Tina Hsu, News24)

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Cape Town - The police ministry has denied a claim that students would be charged with treason for storming Parliament.

"There is no treason charge against students," police ministry spokesperson Musa Zondi said just after 07:00 on Facebook on Thursday morning.

When asked by the City Press what the charges were, he replied on Facebook: "Not treason. That much I am sure of, or told so."

NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila told News24 he did not know the details of the charge sheet or the charges; and national police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo said he was awaiting for confirmation from the NPA on what the charges would be.

eNCA reported it understood that the students appearing in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court would be charged with treason, among other charges.

Rumours circulated on social networking site Twitter that the students would face treason charges.

Raphaela Bohmer tweeted the EElawcentre, saying: "I'm at Cape Town police station. 23 students here whilst 6 at Belville being charged with treason, assault and trespassing", sparking a wave of protests on the social networking site.

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