TUT students released on free bail

2015-11-18 19:46
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Pretoria - The 16 Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) students, who were arrested and charged for public violence, appeared in the Soshanguve Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. 

The group was released on free bail, said Captain Rheineth Motlana. 

Their case would return to court on February 26. 

The group was arrested on Tuesday afternoon following violent protest action at the campus.

A student leader who spoke to News24 following the arrest said the students had done nothing wrong. 

"They were singing and dancing, waiting for other students. Police came and shot them with rubber bullets and those who failed to run were arrested," said the student who identified himself as Sdu.

Despite the violent protests, university spokesperson, Willa de Ruyter had on Tuesday said the exams would start on Wednesday. 

But Sdu said the exams would not proceed because the main TUT Soshanguve hall, Gencor, where hundreds of students were scheduled to write their exams, had been vandalised.
The information centre and other offices where student time tables were usually printed were also non-functional. 

On Wednesday, examinations did not proceed and some students went back to the streets, demanding a scrapping of their existing university debt. 

It was understood that some students who had arrived on campus, hoping to write exams, were barred from doing so by the protesting students. 

Police were on scene. 

"The public order police are there. Students have barricaded the road but we are monitoring the situation," said Motlana. 

While TUT management was not immediately available for comment, a student told News24 that they had received messages, stating that the examinations had been postponed to Monday.

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