Andrea Küsel
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20 Feb 2016
12:56 pm

Tuks students granted bail

Andrea Küsel

The students expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Members of the EFF Student Command gather at the University of Pretoria during a protest. Photo: EFFSC/Facebook

Twenty-seven University of Pretoria students have been released on bail this morning after being arrested on Friday when violence broke out on campus.

Protests and violence ensued as the Economic Freedom Fighters student command (EFFSC) demanded the scrapping of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, Rekord East reported.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Asnath Malatsi said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the violent mob after they allegedly stoned a police vehicle.

Both the Hatfield and Groenkloof campuses were closed yesterday. The students expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Spokesperson for the EFFSC, Kabelo Mahlobogwane said on Saturday, that the organisation stood with the arrested students.

“We are together in this. We are never going to be shaken by anything, even the police,” he said.

He would not confirm if the EFFSC would resume protest on Monday, but did say the fight was far from over.

“Black people are willing to fight for their rights, we are human beings too. Afrikaans will fall. The struggle will continue. We are urging all students and the community to help us make Afrikaans fall.”

Spokesperson for the university , Anna-RethaBouwer, said a decision had not yet been made on whether classes would resume on Monday.

“A decision will be made during the course of the weekend. The university will communicate with staff and students regarding this matter.”

–           Caxton News Service