South Africa 25.3.2016 09:27 am

TUT SRC ‘harassed’ during arrest

Police officers watch as EFF members and workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) put their hands in the air in an act of showing they are not aggressive on 27 January 2016 during a protest about grievances regarding outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Police officers watch as EFF members and workers at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) put their hands in the air in an act of showing they are not aggressive on 27 January 2016 during a protest about grievances regarding outsourcing. Picture: Christine Vermooten

TUT SRC members have alleged that police harassed them and confiscated their cellphones during arrest.

Five TUT SRC members have accused the police of harassing them while they were kept in the holding cells after their arrest last weekend.

The five Nyiko Chauke, Hector Sinuku, Ndumiso Mhlanga, Mxolisi Mayisela and Gift Mabunda were arrested on Saturday and released on Tuesday, Rekord North reported.

SRC general secretary, Sthembiso ka Shandu said the cellphone of the five were confiscated and were yet to be returned.

The case has since been struck off the roll by the Soshanguve Magistrate’s Court.

“This means our leaders have slept in cells for three days for committing no crime as they were not charged,” said Shandu.

“We are harassed and intimidated simply because we refuse to sell out on the demands of the African child.”

He called on the police to refuse to be abused by the TUT management.

The SRC has previously alleged TUT used the police harass students.

He said the SRC was not surprised [by the harassment], as it knew before it embarked on the revolution that the price would be blood and tears.

He said this was one of the absurd decisions by TUT vice chancellor Lorens van Staden.

“He victimises us [SRC members] because we won’t submissive to his iron-fisted style of leadership,” said Shandu.

TUT spokesperson, Willa de Ruyter was not available for comment as her phone rang unanswered.

Caxton News Service

 

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