Seven free-to-go after Union Buildings protest

2015-10-25 18:48
(iStock)

(iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

#FeesMustFall: ‘Government should be afraid of us in future ’

2015-10-24 11:58

Tens of thousands of students from several tertiary institutions gathered at the Union Buildings on Friday to call for a zero percent increase in 2016 fees and this was met. But before they knew of their achievement, the march had turned into chaos. Some students expressed their disappointment to the violence they witnessed, while others called it a necessary evil.WATCH

Durban - Six students and an informal trader – detained by the police after violent protests at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday – have been released without charge.

Riot police clashed with thousands of students who had gathered to be addressed by President Jacob Zuma, after the #feesmustfall movement gathered momentum across the country last week.

Socio-economic Rights Institute (Seri) spokesperson Nomzamo Zondo, in a statement, said that the seven were released after the chief prosecutor of Pretoria intervened at Seri's request on Sunday.

"The Prosecutor who attended at Sunnyside Police Station today advised the Police that there was no evidence linking any of the students or the informal trader to any offence. Seri and our clients would like to acknowledge the Chief Prosecutor's prompt intervention and the integrity with which he discharged his function."

"We note with concern that the police took over 20 hours to charge our clients; that they did so despite the fact that they must have known that there was no factual basis to sustain the charges; and that the duty prosecutor initially refused to consider bailing our clients on the totally erroneous basis that the charges were beyond her jurisdiction," Zondo said.

"Everyone has the right to be free from arbitrary arrest and detention. Too often, however, the police abuse their powers of arrest, and compound that abuse by dragging their feet in charging and processing arrested persons. This is a case in which there clearly should have been no arrest in the first place. Our clients were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Read more on:    pretoria  |  education  |  university fees

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.