WSU student arrested for attack on police and petrol bombing of police Nyala

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  • Police in the Eastern Cape have arrested a 24-year-old Walter Sisulu University student in connection with the attack on police and the torching of a SAPS Nyala during violent protest action.
  • During the clashes four Public Order Police unit members were also attacked and wounded.
  • Two officers aboard the Nyala, were forced to jump out of the armoured vehicle moments before it burst into flames after it was petrol bombed.

A 24-year-old Walter Sisulu University student has been arrested in connection with the attack on police and the torching of an armoured SAPS Nyala during violent protest action this week.

Students have been protesting over financial exclusion, lack of NSFAS funding and transport allowance, among other issues.

The arrest was announced by the police on Wednesday who said more arrests were imminent.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, said the suspect was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

READ | WSU student protest: Police Nyala torched, campus' cafeteria looted

The incident took place on Monday near the Walter Sisulu University's Mthatha Campus in the Eastern Cape.

Two officers aboard the Nyala, had to jump out before it burst into flames.

Naidoo said the arrested student was allegedly part of a group of protesters who attacked police members and who threw a petrol bomb onto the police Nyala.

According to Naidoo, four police officers were injured and taken to a local hospital where one is still being treated for his injuries.

Campuses

Due to the violence and destruction of state property, Walter Sisulu University decided to shut its campuses in four towns and ordered students to go home.  

The university further obtained a court interdict restricting students from protesting.

The arrest comes after national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole gave Eastern Cape police 72 hours to make arrests.

"The student was arrested on the N2 near the Walter Sisulu University and is expected to appear in court on charges of public violence, malicious damage to property and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm," Naidoo said.

Naidoo added that more arrests were imminent.

The police appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact the SAPS Crime Stop number at 086 00 10111.

Information may also be communicated via the SAPS MySAPSApp, an application which can be downloaded via iPhone or Android phones.

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