Charges laid after protesters threaten UCT security officers

2016-10-13 18:03
UCT protests

UCT protests

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

Cape Town - The University of Cape Town has laid criminal charges after students allegedly broke into the campus protection services' office, intimidated the guards, and forced them out.

Spokesperson Elijah Moholola said on Thursday that about 70 protesters were involved in the incident which took place on Wednesday.

"One member of the group, who could be identified and appeared to be the leader and was making demands on their behalf, was arrested by SAPS," he said.

"UCT is attempting to identify other individuals that were part of this group, who may have committed unlawful actions, so that action can also be taken against them."

Their actions contravened an agreement between protesting students and the university's executive that security services be allowed to continue operating.  

Charges of malicious damage to property, housebreaking and intimidation were laid.

Safe working environment

READ: Violent clashes continue at VUT

"This was the second consecutive day when a group of protesters, under the leadership of the same person, entered UCT offices to remove workers from their jobs," Moholola said.

"UCT laid this charge because it cannot allow unlawful action that is targeted at staff members and has a responsibility to ensure that their rights to a safe working environment are protected."

Student activist Masixole Mlandu was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, his lawyer Lufuno Musetsho said.

Mlandu was released on R1 000 bail last Thursday after spending two nights behind bars. He was not allowed to be on campus or prevent people from doing their work, in terms of an interdict against him.

Musetsho could not immediately confirm the charges against Mlandu, but said his client was expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

UCT is closed until Friday.

Read more on:    uct  |  university protests  |  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
 

Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
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.