UKZN students apply for bail

2016-10-11 18:04
A student is led away by a policeman at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

A student is led away by a policeman at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg – Instead of sitting behind bars, protesting students should have been preparing for their end-of-year exams, the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Thandeka Mkhize berated five University of KwaZulu-Natal students who were applying for bail.

She opposed bail for the five, who face charges of assault, public violence, malicious damage to property and contravening an interim High Court order to desist from disruptive conduct.

They were arrested at midnight on October 1 as students gathered after university buildings were damaged. The group was threatening further damage to buildings.

The five students were arrested for allegedly fomenting an illegal gathering, intimidation, damage to property and contravening the High Court order.

They are Xabisa Mantanga, 21, Nduduzo Msibande, 20, Yonga Makhaula, 20, Sicelo Qwabe, 21, and Thembela Ngxokile, 28.

Investigating officer Captain Khethekuthula Ngcobo said they were among a minority of students who had incited others to violence, damage to property, intimidation and disruption of lectures.

During violent protests they disrupted traffic around the campus and threw stones at vehicles.

Schools and businesses in the vicinity had to shut down over safety concerns.

On Monday, classes at the university were suspended after more violent student protests.

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