UFS students to appear in court

2016-02-26 11:21

Bloemfontein - Twenty-one University of the Free State students are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of malicious damage to property, Free State police said.

They were arrested on Thursday after allegedly trying to damage a statue of former Orange Free State president Marthinus Theunis Steyn on the campus, Constable Wendy Nkabi said.

The arrests came after a group of protesters rejected the institution's response to their memorandum, in which they demanded that Rector and Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen resign.

"The demand for the removal of the rector will be taken on an urgent basis to the bodies that make this decision - the senate, the institutional forum and the council, on which structures the students are all represented," the university said in its response on Thursday.

Police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the students.

SA Students Congress Motheo regional chairperson Bongani Zwane said they had asked students not to attend Friday's court appearance.

"We have asked students not to go there because we have been victimised by the police and the security people the university hired," Zwane said.

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